Innocent Spouse Relief
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Is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) coming after you over your spouse’s
irresponsible financial decisions? Are you being investigated by the IRS
in connection with your spouse’s alleged tax fraud? Depending on
the circumstances, you may be able to clear your name under a procedure
known as “innocent spouse relief.” At RJB Law Offices, our
Cerritos tax attorneys understand the ins and outs of modern tax code
and can provide the aggressive legal counsel you need to maximize your
chances of securing a favorable outcome.
Why trust our team of world-class advocates? Consider the following reasons:
You should not be held responsible for the actions of another.
Contact our firm today to evaluate your legal options in detail.
What Is Innocent Spouse Relief?
When married couples file their tax returns jointly, they can be held “jointly
and severally liable” for the debts or illegitimate practices of
either spouse. In other words, the government can purse action against
either spouse in relation to the actions of the other. In some cases,
however, spouses in certain circumstances who are unaware of their spouse’s
actions may be protected from liability under an IRS program known as
innocent spouse relief.
Innocent spouse relief can be used to clear you of responsibility for:
- Owed taxes
- Interest payments
- Levy and lien responsibilities
- Related penalties
Innocent Spouse Relief Eligibility
Eligibility for innocent spouse relief is determined on a case-by-case
basis, with all applicants being required to submit to extensive auditing
and meet numerous criteria. Those who seek innocent spouse relief must
undergo a review of their education, work experience, mental capabilities,
level of involvement in household finances, and relationship with the
alleged offending spouse. If the IRS believes that a relief-seeking spouse
had any knowledge of their spouse’s misdeeds, or if they benefited
in any way from the misconduct, they will be denied relief and possibly
face criminal prosecution.
To be granted innocent spouse relief, you must meet the following requirements:
- Your taxes were understated due to the error of your spouse
- You did not know of the understatement when you signed the return
- The IRS must determine that it would be unfair to hold you liable for the
Get a Powerful Advocate on Your Side
Any IRS-related matter can be a frightening ordeal, especially if you are
being accused of fraud or are being pursued over debts you did not even
know you had. At RJB Law Offices, our
Cerritos debt relief lawyers understand the laws and regulations that influence your situation and
can help you understand your legal options. Do not make the mistake of
attempting to go toe-to-toe with the IRS alone. Let us handle the legal
heavy lifting so you can achieve much needed peace of mind during this
Schedule your free case review today to get started.