What Is Innocent Spouse Relief?
By Taxation Solutions, Inc. on 2017-01-10
Filing your taxes jointly with a spouse can save you money and eliminate extra tax paperwork, so it's not surprising that many married couples choose to file a joint return. However, when you file jointly with your spouse, you are both responsible (jointly and individually) for the total tax balance, including any interest or penalties. As a result, you could ultimately be held responsible for your spouse's unpaid taxes!
If you've found yourself facing tax problems stemming from a spouse's (or former spouse's) unpaid tax on a previously filed joint return, there may be a solution. The IRS realizes that there are some cases in which holding you to a former or current spouse's tax liability is unfair, such as in cases where your spouse filed an erroneous return without your knowledge. In these cases, you may be eligible for a type of tax resolution settlement called innocent spouse relief, which can release you from all or part of the tax debt.
It's important to remember that the IRS is extremely strict when it comes to granting innocent spouse relief, and your claim can be denied simply because of a mistake made during your application process. If you're applying for innocent spouse relief, we highly recommend you work with a qualified tax help specialist. Having a professional by your side can help avoid issues with your tax settlement application and help ensure you secure the innocent spouse relief you deserve.
The Taxation Solutions, Inc. team has been providing tax resolution services for more than 40 years, and we understand the intricacies of this type of tax settlement. Put this expertise to work for you: Let our experts guide you through the process of claiming innocent spouse relief! Call now to get your free initial consultation.