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What is IRS Innocent Spouse Relief and How to Qualify?

Many taxpayers who are married decide to file a joint tax return. Both taxpayers are jointly and individually responsible for the tax any interest, uncollectible IRS status, or penalty due on their joint return even though they get a divorce.

Three Types of Innocent Spouse Relief

Innocent Spouse Relief

In this type of relief, you can be relieved of responsibility for paying tax, interest, and penalties if your spouse is not doing any good on your tax return.

Relief by Separation of Liability

Under this type of relief, you separate the understatements of tax on your joint return between you and your spouse.

Equitable Relief

If you do not qualify on the two previously mentioned relief and liability, you may still be relieved of responsibility for tax, interest, and penalties through fair and equitable relief.

How Does Innocent Spouse Relief Work?

Innocent spouse relief will not cover every type of debt that may result from a false tax filing. If your relief request is approved, the penalties, interest, and taxes are directly related to improperly reported or overlooked items on your joint return. However, a variety of taxes are exempt from innocent spouse relief that can still be collected from you by the IRS, including:

  • Individual Shared Responsibility Payment
  • Business Tax
  • Trust Fund Recovery Penalties
  • Household Employment Taxes
  • And other taxes deemed to exist outside your relief.

Who Qualified for Innocent Spouse Relief?

Each case or situation is unique, but if you did not know of the things on the tax return that caused the additional taxes, penalties, and interest, you may be entitled or qualify for innocent spouse relief. Here are the following qualifications:

  • You are married and filed a joint tax return with your spouse
  • Your spouse falsely reported income on a joint return
  • You can prove that when you signed the said joint return with your spouse, you did not know or had no reason to understand the income reported was incorrect.
  • Taking all the facts, it would be fair to hold you liable for the unpaid tax debts.

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