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Innocent Spouse

What is the Innocent Spouse Program?

Innocent Spouse Relief is in some cases tough to prove but can be of terrific use to you if you owe the Internal Revenue Service money since of your ex spouse.

Do you have any liability as the spouse of somebody who has a tax debt? Exactly what if you are going through a divorce and technically the financial obligation is your partner’s.

Here’s the answer to these questions. If, you submitted joint returns with your spouse throughout your marriage and you both signed the returns you submitted every year, you both share similarly in the tax responsibility that was accumulated during the marriage. It is a hard area to obtain relief from the IRS and only one circumstances where the IRS feels this might be a genuine defense. This defense is called Innocent Spouse. Just know that it is difficult to obtain this approved and there are several requirements you will need to fulfill.

How To Qualify For Innocent Spouse Relief

You have actually filed a joint return.
The Tax Debt has to be DIRECTLY connected to just your partner.
You need to show you had no idea what your partner was finishing with the return once you signed it
This needs to be asserted within 2 years of the IRS taking action versus you.
Your best opportunity is to be legitimately separated or separated for a minimum of a year prior to making your Innocent Spouse Claim.

And once again there are three types of Innocent Spouse Claims. You will need to decide which one is finest for your claim.

Traditional Innocent Spouse: You are stating that you did not understand your partner was not paying your taxes. Ignorance!

Separate Liability Election: During your marriage you had the proper deductions taken out of your paychecks. Despite the fact that you might have submitted jointly with your partner, you will have to re-file independently and show the following:

That you did file a joint return
The return in question did include an underestimated tax
You have actually been separated from your partner for a minimum of 12 months and has actually been under 2 years considering that the IRS took action against you.

Equitable Relief: This is where you definitely had no concept exactly what was going on. You didn’t assist with finances at all. You didn’t contribute to running the household company. You simply signed a return and assumed everything was being cared for. The credentials are:

You have to have filed a joint return
You are not able to acquire relief under Classic Spouse Relief or Separate Liability
No greater than two years have passed since the IRS acted against you
You have to prove that no deceptive possession transfer has happened between you and your partner
You need to prove that you or your spouse hasn’t transferred home to prevent paying the taxes due
You have to prove that it is unjust to hold you liable for your spouse’s tax costs

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