Friday, September 23, 2005

IRS - innocent spouse tax relief

In some circumstances, the IRS will forgive a innocent spouse's tax liability, if it is inequitable to hold him/her liable. Some of the factors considered include:

    • The taxes owed are your spouse's or ex-spouse's.
    • You are no longer married to that spouse.
    • You thought your spouse would pay the taxes on the original return.
    • You didn't know about the items changed in the audit.
    • You would suffer a financial hardship if you were required to pay the tax. You would not be able to pay for basic living expenses like food, shelter, and clothing.
    • You did not significantly benefit (above normal support) from the unpaid taxes.
    • You suffered abuse during your marriage.

    More info is available at the web sites below……….,,id=96786,00.html,,id=130302,00.html