Innocent Spouse Relief in Washington State

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Dealing with tax problems caused by a spouse’s actions can be overwhelming, but there’s hope.

If you’ve been unfairly held responsible for tax errors or fraud committed by your spouse or ex-spouse, the IRS offers a solution called Innocent Spouse Relief.

What is Innocent Spouse Relief?

Innocent Spouse Relief is a special provision designed to help innocent taxpayers who filed joint tax returns but should not be accountable for mistakes or issues on those returns. It allows innocent spouses to be relieved from taxes, interest, and penalties resulting from their spouse’s or ex-spouse’s errors.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief, you must meet specific criteria:

Filing Status: In order to qualify for Innocent Spouse Relief, you’ll need to have filed a joint tax return with your spouse or ex-spouse. The reported amount on that joint return should have been lower than what it should have actually been.

Lack of Knowledge: When you signed the joint return, you must not have known about the tax understatement. You were unaware that the reported tax amount was inaccurate.

Unfair Burden: It would be unfair to hold you responsible for the tax understatement, considering the circumstances and the division of assets and liabilities between you and your spouse or ex-spouse.

Types of Innocent Spouse Relief

The IRS provides three types of Innocent Spouse Relief:

  • Traditional Innocent Spouse Relief
  • Separation of Liability Relief
  • Equitable Relief

How to Apply for Innocent Spouse Relief

To apply, submit IRS Form 8857, the Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, along with supporting documentation. Provide a detailed explanation of why you qualify for relief.

Seek Professional Assistance

Navigating Innocent Spouse Relief can be complex, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you want the best result possible, consult with a qualified tax professional, like Jacob Hunter at Hunter Tax Resolution.

With years of experience in tax services, including Innocent Spouse Relief, Jacob can guide you through the process, help gather necessary documentation, and protect your rights.

Jacob Hunter, owner of Hunter Tax Resolution, is an enrolled agent and seasoned tax expert dedicated to resolving your IRS issues. With his expertise and guidance, you can find the best solution to your tax challenges.

Don’t let tax problems hold you back. Schedule your risk-free consultation today!

Contact Jacob Hunter now at (253) 235-4038.