Your Divorce Isn’t Over Until The Taxes Are Done
It’s normal to end your divorce with a sigh of relief; after all, it can be a long and painful process. However, a divorce is often not the end of your legal relationship with your former spouse – there may be a tax audit or collection notices. In the worst cases, you may have to claim innocent spouse relief as a way to disentangle yourself from a reckless former spouse.
What Is Innocent Spouse Relief?
As a pending divorced spouse, you will have to decide if you wish to file your taxes with your soon-to-be ex or independently of them, and both have their risks. The IRS holds you accountable for taxes accrued throughout your marriage, even if you are no longer living with or talking to your ex. This can leave you liable for thousands of dollars of debt, especially if your spouse is failing to pay or file their taxes appropriately or is hiding assets. In those rare cases, innocent spouse relief may help you make a case to relieve you of that obligation.
To prove this, you will need to demonstrate that your spouse’s actions were outside of your knowledge. This can be very difficult, but it is not impossible.
You Should Call Us
At The Gartzman Law Firm, P.C. in Atlanta, we have over 35 years of experience helping individuals end tax obligations caused by a former spouse’s misconduct. Though these cases can be incredibly hard to demonstrate, we understand the methods to do so and will let you know from the very start if you have a case. Contact our lead tax attorney and CPA, Jeffrey Gartzman, by email today. You can also call our office at 770-695-7337.