Relief is available for those who are the victim of a spouse’s error on their tax return, those who have since divorced their spouse but divorced after the taxes were filed, or those who filed a joint return with their spouse that resulted in an understatement of tax. Generally, married taxpayers who file jointly are both liable for the full amount of tax due.
However, with our tax specialists’ help, you can show that when you signed the return that you didn’t know, or had no reason to know, of the understatement, or that there were certain erroneous items on the return, that could grant you relief from paying the tax.
You may be a candidate for innocent spouse relief if you had no idea about the financial activity of your spouse (or ex-spouse) or how your spouse was manipulating the books. This means that you did not share bank accounts, your spouse had a separate business, and you did not benefit in lifestyle from the extra money due to tax manipulation.