​​​​Innocent Spouse Relief

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Innocent Spouse Relief

Most married couples file jointly because they pay less in taxes. However, this makes each spouse liable for all taxes, penalties and interest. If your spouse has understated the taxes due, did not report income, or did not pay the tax debt, you may be eligible to avoid responsibility for these taxes. You can file for Innocent Spouse Relief.


IRS Spouse Relief Strategies

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The IRS offers a number of relief strategies for a spouse facing additional tax burdens. These include:

  • Innocent Spouse Relief, which can unburden you from paying because of a spouse's tax misdeeds.
  • Separation of Liability Relief, which allocates taxes owed for which you are responsible for with a former or current spouse because of improper reporting.
  • Equitable Relief when you do not qualify for the above but the amount reported was correct on your joint return.

Qualifying for Innocent Spouse Relief

You must meet a few conditions to qualify for the IRS’s relief program.

This includes requesting Innocent Spouse Relief no later than two years from when the IRS first attempted to collect, you filed a joint return with a deficiency or error attributed to your spouse, you swear that you did not know of this error, and you prove that it would be unfair to hold you accountable for the penalties of the debt. To learn if you qualify, contact our tax debt relief lawyer in San Antonio for a free initial consultation.

  • Requesting Innocent Spouse Relief no later than two years from when the IRS first attempted to collect
  • That you filed a joint return with a deficiency or error attributed to your spouse
  • You swear that you did not know of this error, and
  • That you prove it would be unfair to hold you accountable for the penalties of the debt. 

Representation for Innocent Spouses


Whatever you are facing, taking quick action is essential. Let The Law Office of Tony Ramos, P.C. assist you. We understand just how stressful it can be both personally and professionally to face an additional tax burden that you are not responsible for.

The IRS often has a false view of what financial assets you have, such as those which you do not personally control or those not available for repayment. We can work with you to ensure that the IRS has a clear view of what you really owe and what assets can actually be used to pay them back.

Our firm has earned a positive reputation for our dedication to our clients and our accessibility. To learn if you qualify, contact our tax debt relief lawyer in San Antonio for a free initial consultation.

To learn more about your options and discuss your individual circumstances, call our San Antonio tax debt relief attorney at (210) 871-0984 today.