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IRS Collections - Innocent Spouse Relief  

Philadelphia IRS Collections Attorney Focuses on Innocent Spouse Relief

Pennsylvania IRS Collections Defense Law Firm Helps Taxpayers Find Relief

Married taxpayers commonly choose to file a joint tax return because of the many benefits of this filing status. When filing jointly, the spouses are each legally responsible for all taxes, interest, and penalties due, even if the couple later divorces or one spouse earned all the income or claimed improper deductions or tax credits. But in some cases, an IRS collection lawyer can help a spouse get relief from this liability through innocent spouse relief.

What is Innocent Spouse Relief?

Innocent spouse relief provides relief from additional taxes owed if a spouse or former spouse failed to report income, reported income improperly, or claimed improper deductions or credits. Innocent spouse relief must be requested no later than two years from the date the IRS first attempted to collect the tax.

Those requesting innocent spouse relief from the IRS must meet all of the following conditions:

  • The innocent spouse filed a joint return that had an understatement of tax solely attributable to their spouse's erroneous item that was omitted from or incorrectly reported on the joint tax return
  • The innocent spouse establishes that at the time they signed the joint return, they did not know and had no reason to know that there was an understatement of tax
  • After considering all facts and circumstances, it would be wrong to hold the innocent spouse liable for the understatement of tax

Contact Our Philadelphia IRS Collections Attorneys Regarding Innocent Spouse Relief Today

Is the IRS pursuing you for taxes, interest, and penalties because your former spouse undervalued your tax liability on your joint tax return? The experienced IRS collections attorneys at Patricia M. Mayer, P.C. will examine your situation regarding IRS collections and if appropriate, help you pursue innocent spouse relief. Contact us online or call 215-268-3373 or 877-317-9857 to schedule a free initial consultation today.


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