Tax Relief for Spouses of Deadbeats

July 26, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — The Internal Revenue Service is giving some relief to “innocent spouses” who otherwise may have been liable for a partner’s tax debt. Effective immediately, the agency has eliminated a rule that disqualifies taxpayers from innocent-spouse status if they fail to file for relief within two years—a provision that snagged people who otherwise qualified, including abused women.  “Today’s change will help innocent spouses victimized in the past, present and future,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

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