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Can the IRS’s Innocent Spouse Relief Save You from Paying for Your Ex’s Mistakes?

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Tax Return Paperwork When married, it is nearly always financially advantageous to file a joint tax return. However, what was once a benefit can become a disaster if you divorce and are later audited.

When you and your spouse file jointly, each of you becomes individually liable for the full amount of any taxes due, including interest and penalties.

Unfortunately, this means that you may be held responsible for the full amount of any unpaid taxes even if your spouse earned all of the income and claimed improper deductions or made other errors on your joint income tax return. According to the IRS, this is the case “even if a divorce decree states that a former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed joint returns.” [Read more…]

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