Fiscal When a marriage has problems, finances are almost always one of the elements that contribute to the fight. This may be particularly true where the spouses file a joint tax, both signed as taxpayers. If the information provided in the tax return is false or inaccurate information, the IRS has historically viewed both spouses responsible for the resulting assessments. If not paid the relevant taxes, the IRS would also be both spouses to pay the delinquent amount. In the worst situations, this may include criminal charges for tax evasion.
Fortunately, the IRS has changed its view of the joint filers responsibility. The IRS now recognizes that innocent spouses can not control their ex-spouses affair. Let those innocent spouses to claim three types of tax: 1. 2 innocent spouse relief. Relief by separation of responsibility 3. Equitable relief if the IRS comes after the former spouse’s tax liability, tax relief can search under these three theories if it meets the following requirements. First, it presented a set back with inaccurate information. Second, the inaccuracies did not know and had no reason to. Finally, taking into account the situation, saying that he would be liable for the tax unfair.
The IRS will assess the application and issue a ruling on its application. The IRS can simply agree to waive any claim for taxes against you and go after the affair partner as the sole debtor. Alternatively, the IRS can split the tax into a his and her own, only need to pay half the amount due. While this may not sound great, you immediately reduce your tax bill in half.
In rare cases, may seek equitable relief from the IRS. Equitable relief is just another way of saying that the tax paid would be manifestly unjust. And the spouse must show not to transfer assets as part of a fraudulent scheme, not to transfer assets with the intent to evade taxes, has no intention of committing fraud, not paying taxes because I did not know it was your spouse to. Equitable relief claims must be treated very carefully the IRS views them with a very cynical eye. However, they are a last step you can take when all else has failed.