Many married taxpayers choose to file a joint tax return because this filing status can be quite beneficial. In a joint tax return, both taxpayers are jointly and individually responsible for the tax along with any interest or penalty due, even if they later divorce. Even if a divorce decree states that a former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns, one spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse.
In some cases a spouse may be relieved of the tax, interest, and penalties on a joint tax return. There are three types of relief available:
Innocent spouse relief
Separation of liability
Even if you don’t meet all the qualifications for one, you may still qualify for the others. These can free you from responsibility for unpaid back taxes, penalties, and interest incurred on a joint tax return. Each approach has different requirements that you must meet in order to qualify.
Innocent spouse relief can be a difficult type of relief to obtain from the IRS, and many cases are denied because of mistakes made during the filing process, often due to lack ofprofessional representation. We’ve helped many clients obtain innocent spouse and other kinds of tax relief across the nation. Let us share our expertise and experience with you.