Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and on the honesty that you already share with your soon-to-be spouse. It is important that you know about his or her debt, including outstanding tax liabilities, before joining your lives together. Of course, knowledge is only the first piece of the puzzle. Now that you know that your soon-to-be spouse is in trouble with the IRS, you need to know how it could affect you after your marriage.
Tax Problems Can Be Avoided
The marriage itself does not create any tax liability for you. You are not liable for the tax debt incurred by your spouse before your marriage. However, if you and your spouse decide to file joint tax returns after your marriage, then you may open yourself up to potential liability. For example, the IRS could take whatever refund is owed jointly to you and your spouse to cover some of your spouse’s outstanding tax liability. Additionally, any tax problems that your spouse incurs after your marriage could, in some cases, also affect you.
Get the Help You and Your Spouse Need from an Experienced Norman Tax Lawyer
The tax laws are confusing, and it can be difficult to know how best to protect your new family when an IRS officer is pressuring you for money. For more information about how to protect your rights, please contact an experienced Norman tax attorney today at 800-721-7054, and please download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.