Are you in hot water with the IRS because of an error your spouse (or former spouse) made on a tax return? This happens more often than you think. When married couples file taxes jointly, both spouses are held equally accountable for mistakes, dishonesty, and other problems with the return. That means you could be penalized for any errors, intentional or not, made by your spouse—even if you had nothing to do with them. If this is happening to you, call East Coast Tax Consulting Group right away. Serving taxpayers in the Atlanta area and beyond, we’ll help you apply for innocent spouse relief and reach a solution that satisfies all parties. Get in touch with us today to discuss your case and discover if you may qualify for IRS innocent spouse relief!
What Is Innocent Spouse Relief?
In cases where one spouse is being punished for the misdeeds of the other, the IRS may grant relief for paying taxes, interest, and penalties to the spouse who wasn’t actually responsible for the filing discrepancy. This is called innocent spouse relief. Often, the IRS grants innocent spouse tax relief when one spouse did not know or had no reason to know of the errors on the tax returns, or was the subject of spousal abuse.
- In some marriages, one spouse handles all the family finances, including preparing the tax returns. The other spouse may sign the return without understanding or questioning it.
- A spouse without a college degree is in an abusive marriage and was forced to sign an erroneous return by threat of physical and/or emotional abuse by the other spouse. If the abused spouse can show he or she feared bodily or psychological harm by questioning the return, innocent spouse relief may be granted.
These are two of the more common scenarios we see, but there’s a variety of circumstances that can lead to tax problems for innocent spouses. If you believe you qualify for innocent spouse relief, the CPAs at East Coast Tax Consulting Group can help you apply to have your share of the tax debt forgiven. With over 30 years of experience in the taxation field, our professionals are highly knowledgeable about what goes into applying for IRS innocent spouse relief, which means we’re able to provide you with all of the guidance and professional expertise you need to eliminate or significantly reduce the debt owed.
Do You Qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief?
You may be eligible for innocent spouse relief if you filed a joint tax return and you meet the following conditions:
- The return shows an understated tax.
- The understated tax is due to underreporting income or claiming improper deductions, credits, or tax basis by your spouse.
- Considering all the facts and circumstances, it would be unfair to hold you responsible for the understated tax.
East Coast Tax Consulting Group will help assess your situation and identify which rules apply to your specific case. Then, we’ll take you through the application process step by step and help you gather the necessary documentation so you have the best shot at being granted IRS innocent spouse relief.
Ready to get started on requesting IRS spouse relief? Call or email us today for your free consultation!