Our Offices will be closed May 24-27th.

Blog

Learning Center

We keep you up-to-date with all the latest tax news and changes in the industry.

How Do You Qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief from IRS Tax Problems?

Few financial events are worse than a big tax bill with penalties from the IRS. If you are a spouse and you were unaware of potential errors or underreporting on your tax return, you may be eligible for innocent spouse relief. 

To qualify for innocent spouse relief, you must meet all three of the following conditions:

  1. You and your spouse filed jointly, and your tax bill was understated solely because of one or more errors that your spouse made. These errors, or willfully improper entries, only apply to income and deductions that belong to your spouse. They include improper deductions and credits, incorrectly reporting basis in property such as securities and business inventory, under-reporting income, or omitting items.

  2. You must establish that you didn't know your spouse did this and had no reason to know when you signed your tax return.

  3. Prove that considering the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, it wouldn't be fair to hold you responsible for the resulting underpayment. 

If your spouse is not transparent about finances with you, and you didn't find out about what they did until long after the tax return was filed, you're more likely to qualify for innocent spouse relief.

If the above scenario matches your personal circumstances, it might be time to get professional help. It is important that you put together a well-documented response when applying for innocent spouse relief. Contact this office to learn how we might be able to help resolve your tax issue.

Share this article...

Sign up for our newsletter.

Each month, we will send you a roundup of our latest blog content covering the tax and accounting tips & insights you need to know.

I confirm this is a service inquiry and not an advertising message or solicitation. By clicking “Submit”, I acknowledge and agree to the creation of an account and to the and .
I consent to receive SMS messages

We care about the protection of your data.

GA Office

Looking for tax help in Georgia? You can find us at:

Appointment Only

CA Office

Looking for tax help in California? You can find us at:

Appointment Only
Welcome to ABC Financial Group Busines hours 9AM-9PM EST
I'm happy to help you. What can I assist you with?
Please fill out the form and our team will get back to you shortly The form was sent successfully