Do I Qualify for the Innocent Spouse Rule?

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Most married couples file their taxes jointly. As such, both are responsible for paying all of their taxes, penalties and interest due on the joint return. However, sometimes one spouse ends up having to pay for the mistakes and tax fraud the other spouse is responsible for. If the IRS cannot reach the spouse responsible, the innocent one can be responsible. If the IRS is attempting to collect a tax from you that is the fault of either a former or current spouse, you may qualify for innocent spouse relief.

How to Receive Relief

In order to be protected under the innocent spouse rule, you must be able to show the IRS that you were uninvolved in and unaware of your spouse's tax mistreatments.

There are three things you must be able to prove to the IRS in order to qualify for relief under the innocent spouse rule:

  • You were unaware of the understated income reported on your taxes.
  • You had absolutely no reason to be aware of the incorrect tax claim.
  • You in no way benefited from your spouse's misrepresentation of your reported income.

You may also have to prove that your lifestyle coincides with your actual income. For example, the type of home and car you have should be in relation to the amount of money you make. Our skilled Oklahoma City tax lawyer can work to help determine if you qualify for innocent spouse relief.

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At The Carver Law Office, PLLC we can help you prove that you were unaware of your spouse's actions. We know and understand what the IRS is looking for. With us on your side, you can feel confident that a positive resolution to your situation is possible.

To receive information and begin the path to relief, call The Carver Law Office, PLLC today!

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