Married couples are supposed to share everything – right? Well, this is not the case when it comes to back taxes. If you find out – or already knew – that your spouse has unpaid tax debts, you will likely wonder if you are also liable to the IRS. In addition, if you file a joint return, you do not want the IRS to seize the whole return to pay toward your spouse’s old debts.
Generally speaking, you should not be held accountable for any unpaid tax debts acquired by your spouse prior to your marriage or on a tax return they filed separately from you. However, this does not mean that you will not be impacted by any collection efforts directed at your spouse.
For example, the IRS may use a wage garnishment to collect the debt. Any wages garnished from your spouse’s paycheck will not be able to go toward your household expenses or bills, which can affect your own finances. In addition, the IRS may be able to reach your joint accounts or property with tax levies.
There are certain actions you can take to limit the effect of your spouse’s tax debts on you, including:
- File an Innocent Spouse Relief request with the IRS
- File an Injured Spouse Allocation request with the IRS
- File your taxes as married but separate (which can increase your tax liability, however)
An experienced IRS tax relief lawyer can go over all of these options with you so you can decide how to proceed.
In many situations, the best way to resolve the issues is for your spouse to face their tax debts head-on and reach an arrangement with the IRS. Our law firm can help your spouse find the debt relief option that works best for your household.
Contact an IRS Debt Relief Attorney for More Information Today
If you or your spouse has unpaid tax debts, please call Attorneys Tax Relief LLC as soon as possible. We have legal solutions for your tax problems, so please contact our office at 800-819-6866 for help.