Innocent Spouse Relief

Many married taxpayers choose to file a joint tax return because of certain benefits this filing status allows.  Both taxpayers are jointly and individually responsible for the tax and any interest or penalty due on the joint return even if they later divorce. One spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse.


In some cases, a spouse will be relieved of the tax, interest, and penalties on a joint tax return. The IRS can sometimes saddle you with a tax debt that is the responsibility of your spouse or ex-spouse. If the actions of your spouse caused the tax problem and you were unaware of or had no part in those actions. TAP can help and see if you qualify for the innocent spouse program.