As most married couples fle their tax returns jointly, there are bound to be a number of those who run off once they get into tax trouble and leave their spouses with the burden of tax liability. Once joint tax returns are made, both spouses are jointly and severably liable for 100% of the taxes. In cases where one spouse runs off, the innocent spouse must prove to the IRS that he or she (usually it’s ‘she’) is innocent and must do so within a specific time frame. Then only can he or she claim for innocent spouse relief.
There are certain conditions the IRS considers in deciding if you can be classified as an innocent spouse. These conditions must be present within 2 years from the time the IRS begins collecting the tax debt...
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