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Innocent Spouse Relief

When a married couple files a married filing jointly (MFJ) tax return, they become jointly and severally liable for any tax due. If you believe that your spouse (or former spouse in the case of divorce) should be the only person responsible for an erroneous item (unreported income or an incorrect deduction, credit or basis) on a tax return or an underpayment of a tax liability, you may be eligible for Innocent Spouse Relief. 


Married couples that file separately (MFS) in a community property state like California may also be eligible for Innocent Spouse Relief. Innocent Spouse Relief tax disputes often arise due to an audit, underreporter notice or during the tax collection process. 

Innocent Spouse Relief

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