You had no idea what your spouse was doing. You didn’t have any reason to believe that she would negligently or intentionally cheat the IRS when you filed a joint tax return. However, the notices that are coming in from the IRS indicate that there was a significant amount of unpaid taxes and the IRS wants you both to pay.
Not So Fast, IRS
While the IRS will go after any possible source of payment for the outstanding tax debt, you may be innocent. As an Oklahoma innocent spouse, you may have the right not to pay for your spouse’s (or ex-spouse’s) mistakes. However, first, you are going to have to prove your innocence. In order to prove your innocence, you need to establish that:
- You filed a joint tax return.
- You were completely unaware of your spouse’s actions (or inactions).
- You had no reason to know of the error on the tax return.
- It would be unfair to hold you responsible for your spouse’s mistakes.
The IRS is going to want to hold you accountable so that the agency can maximize the money that it is able to recover.
Call a Tulsa Tax Lawyer if You Are an Oklahoma Innocent Spouse
Our Tulsa tax attorneys will work hard to prove your innocence, protect your rights, and prevent you from unfairly paying your spouse’s tax burden. Your spouse hurt you enough. You shouldn’t have to pay for her tax mistakes if you didn’t know about them, and had no reason to know about them, at the time they were made.
For more information on proving your innocence and protecting your legal rights, please contact an experienced tax lawyer in Tulsa today at 800-721-7054, and please read a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.