When you file a joint return for your spouse, you become jointly and severely liable for any tax owed to the IRS that year. This means that the IRS can come after you personally to collect the tax, even if the unpaid tax is completely attributable to your spouse or former spouse. This can be an especially disastrous situation if you have been abandoned by your spouse and you are now responsible for paying the entire tax bill. Fortunately, there are special provisions in the Internal Revenue Code (Innocent Spouse provisions) which provide relief for spouses who filed a joint return yet don’t believe they should be held responsible for the tax bill.
While special relief is provided under the tax laws, it is imperative that you hire a tax lawyer to assist you with your innocent spouse claims. The innocent spouse provisions require a thorough and in-depth analysis of the facts and circumstances surrounding your claim and these facts must be applied to the law in order to formulate a legal argument as to why you should be provided relief under the Internal Revenue Code. Failure to apply the facts to the law as required by the tax laws will result in denial of your innocent spouse claim. Also, a qualified tax lawyer is trained to anticipate and respond to any counter arguments that your spouse (or former spouse) might make regarding your innocent spouse claims.
Dallo Law Group is trained and experienced to handle your innocent spouse claim. Contact us for a free consultation today!