If the IRS is trying to collect taxes from you that you think actually belong to your current or ex-spouse, you may qualify for innocent spouse relief. According to the IRS, “Innocent spouse relief provides you relief from additional tax you owe if your spouse or former spouse failed to report income, reported income improperly or claimed improper deductions or credits.”
The IRS states that in order to qualify for innocent spouse relief, you must meet the following requirements:
- “You filed a joint return that has an understatement of tax (deficiency) that is solely attributable to your spouse’s erroneous item. An erroneous item includes income received by your spouse but omitted from the joint return. Deductions, credits and property basis are also erroneous items if they are incorrectly reported on the joint return.
- You establish that at the time you signed the joint return you did not know, and had no reason to know, that there was an understatement of tax and
- Taking into account all the facts and circumstances, it would be unfair to hold you liable for the understatement of tax”
If you feel you meet all the requirements, call our Illinois tax resolution office right away. We will analyze your situation, and see if you qualify for innocent spouse relief.