What is a Innocent Spouse Relief?

by Harry Galstian

May 17, 2013

Is the Internal Revenue Service harassing you for your ex-spouse’s tax problems?

Innocent Spouse Relief (called form 8857) is a form of tax relief that can relieve you of your tax debt liabilities, interest, and penalties as a result of filing a joint tax return with your current or ex-spouse.  Filing your taxes jointly can provide many benefits – and sometimes it can create problems. When you are married and file a joint return together it means that both individuals are jointly and individually responsible for the taxes that are owed, even if one spouse made the majority or the entire amount of taxable income.  If the Internal Revenue Service determines several years after the joint return was filed that there was a deficiency in tax, the Internal Revenue Service is authorized to go after each spouse individually.

The Internal Revenue Service created innocent spouse relief because situations do arise where it would be unfair to hold a spouse liable for the tax liability that was created. Innocent spouse tax relief is available from the Internal Revenue Service and some states. It can relieve you from taxes, penalties, and interest that were acquired from a joint tax return that you filed with your spouse or ex-spouse. The Internal Revenue Service offers innocent parties a way to get out from under tax debt liability that is the result of mistakes or errors not made by another party on a joint tax return. Innocent spouse relief is a good option for people who are burdened with tax debt through the fault of their spouse.

Direct Tax Relief provides IRS tax debt relief to individuals and companies in all states. Call Direct Tax Relief today at (800) 505-4134 for a FREE Tax Resolution Analysis.