Innocent Spouse Relief in Tustin

What is Innocent Spouse Relief?

Innocent Spouse Relief offers you relief from additional tax you owe if your spouse or former spouse failed to report income, reported income incorrectly or claimed inaccurate deductions or credits.

There are three types of relief from joint and several liability for spouses that submitted joint returns. Innocent Spouse Relief provides you relief from additional tax you owe if your spouse or former spouse failed to report income, reported income incorrectly or claimed wrong deductions or credits without your knowledge. You might be relieved of your responsibility for paying taxes if your spouse (or former spouse) inaccurately reported or omitted things on your tax return.

Request for Innocent Spouse Relief is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form used by taxpayers to request relief from a tax liability involving a spouse or former spouse. It's filed with Form 8857. Usually, couples submitting a joint income tax return are both, jointly, responsible for any tax obligation. When additional taxes from unreported income and inaccurate deductions or credits arise, both spouses will continue to be responsible, even if they have separated.

Getting a separation doesn't stop the IRS from considering that both parties keep joint and several liability for a tax obligation, even if a divorce mandate states that only one individual is responsible for the tax. According to the IRS, if there is a balance due, a spouse or ex-spouse usually has to submit Form 8857 within the time period the IRS has to collect the tax. That duration is usually ten years from the date the tax liability was analyzed. When it comes to a credit or return, you typically need to file your request within three years after the date the first return was submitted or within two years after the date the tax was paid, whichever is later.

Who Can Submit Form 8857: Request for Innocent Spouse Relief?

The taxpayer seeking relief needs to submit Form 8857: Request for Innocent Spouse Relief as soon as they become aware of a tax obligation for which the other spouse or ex-spouse must be solely responsible. However, the declaration of Form 8857 does not guarantee the requesting taxpayer will qualify for relief. A few of the qualifications consist of:

  • Submitting a joint return with an understatement of tax.
  • Tax as a result of a spouse's improperly listed earnings or deductions
  • The decision that it is unfair to hold the requesting taxpayer liable for the understatement

If a taxpayer gets the notice of rejection of their request, they have the option to appeal the decision.

For more information about Innocent Spouse Relief in Tustin, California, contact Tax Alliance at 800.987.3051 or visit our website: TaxAlliance.com to learn more. Let's Resolve Your Tax Debt Today!

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