Tax relief may be available to you if you owe taxes to the IRS because of a spouse or former spouse, or if you have had a refund kept by the IRS because of a spouse or former spouse.
If you have a current tax problem that you believe was caused by your spouse or former spouse, you should immediately consult with an experienced tax attorney to secure help. We have successfully reduced innocent spouse liabilities of $2.4 million and $3.8 million to $0.
More importantly, if you are engaged to someone who has a tax problem, consultation with an experienced tax attorney prior to the day of the wedding is recommended. The marital laws in many states, and especially within community property states, could negatively affect your income and assets, as well as which assets could be seized to pay the other spouse’s tax debts once you are married. The nine states with community property systems are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Congress recently liberalized the innocent spouse law. While there are numerous qualifications, a potential innocent spouse must meet before being considered an innocent spouse, these rules are now easier to meet. Please call our office to see if you qualify.
A taxpayer is an “injured spouse” when the IRS keeps his or her tax refund to pay the other spouse’s unpaid debts. These debts include the other spouse’s past-due tax, child/spousal support and student loans. If you are an injured spouse, you may be able to get your share of the refund by filing certain forms with the IRS. Please call us to see if you qualify to meet the injured spouse rules.
If you are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board or any other state or local tax authority, contact the tax attorneys at David Lee Rice, A Professional Law Corporation, immediately at 310-517-8600 for a consultation.