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February 2012

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New IRS Notice Makes More Spouses Eligible for Innocent Spouse Tax Relief

What is innocent spouse tax relief, and how do you get it?


If your spouse made mistakes or flat-out lied on a joint income tax return and you signed it, the IRS holds both of you jointly responsible for any unpaid taxes.1


Simply saying you didn’t understand or you didn’t ask when you signed the return is not going to cut it.


But the IRS is not entirely heartless. It understands that there are often genuine situations in which one spouse should not be held responsible for unpaid taxes and penalties caused solely by the mistakes, fraud, or abuse of the other spouse.


New Mercy from the IRS


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