The innocent spouse program is a program that allows a taxpayer who is a victim of the actions of their spouse or ex-spouse to seek relief from back taxes, interest, and penalties. The IRS understands that in some cases, a taxpayer who is totally innocent, should not be forced to pay for problems that were created by their spouse or ex-spouse.
The tax attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, and tax resolution specialists at Tidy Tax Services can assist you in the filing of your Innocent Spouse relief claim. Once we have filed your claim, we then assist you in filling out a questionnaire the IRS will request of you. This questionnaire is used to verify the validity of your story and your innocence in the case.
Guidelines for Innocent Spouse Relief
All taxpayers are subject to the guidelines that are set by the IRS when attempting to obtain innocent spouse relief. In general, the taxpayer will need to prove their innocence in the case in order to qualify to be protected under innocent spouse relief. Our team of trained professionals will be able to walk you through the process and determine whether you qualify according to the guidelines set by the IRS. In most cases, the IRS will require that you had no knowledge of the financial activities that were being carried out by your spouse or ex-spouse. Some of the requirements of the IRS guidelines include:
1. You did not have access to your spouse’s account and you both did not share bank accounts 2. Your spouse had a separate business that was operated independent of yourself 3. No benefits were derived by you from the extra money that your spouse generated from their tax savings
There are many more guidelines that the IRS has and it would be in your best interest to have a professional examine your unique situation.
Qualifying for Innocent Spouse Relief
Understanding the ins and outs of the innocent spouse relief process can be very complex. Our tax resolution experts will guide you through the process and help you obtain the greatest amount of relief possible. Once we are able to start working on your case, we will take over all the communication with the IRS on your behalf. We will also:
1. File any joint tax returns that are unfiled for which there is an understatement of tax 2. Prove to the IRS that the understatement of tax was due to the erroneous errors of your spouse 3. Prove to the IRS that at the time you signed the joint return, you were unaware of any understatement of tax 4. Verify with the IRS that under these circumstances, you should not be held responsible for the actions of your spouse or ex-spouse
Innocent Spouse Relief Statute of Limitations
In order for a taxpayer to qualify for innocent spouse relief, they must make the request to the IRS within 2 years of the date on which the IRS first started the collection process against the taxpayer. It is critical that you do not waste any time if you are truly innocent and your spouse is to blame for your tax problems. Act quickly and you will be able to stop the IRS from pursing you for a tax liability that is not your responsibility.