Category Archives: INNOCENT SPOUSE

PRO SE TAXPAYERS OFTEN DON’T SEE THE BUS THAT HITS THEM: SELF-REPRESENTATION CAN BE DANGEROUS

I receive many calls from taxpayers considering how to bring their unreported offshore accounts into compliance. Sometimes and often with respect to expatriates, these individuals will have prepared their own returns and even attempted to represent themselves through some of … Continue reading

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WHEN NOT TO REQUEST INNOCENT SPOUSE TREATMENT

The case of Kimberly A. Sorentino v Commissioner (Summary Opinion 2014-99, September 24, 2014) illustrates what can happen when a taxpayer doesn’t get the relief she needs because she’d asked for the wrong relief. Although the Court’s Summary Opinion may … Continue reading

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UNFAIRNESS TO FORMER SPOUSE IN PAYING TAX LIABILITY OF FORMER HUSBAND IS NOT A FACTOR IN INNOCENT SPOUSE EQUITABLE RELIEF WHEN JOINT RETURN WAS FILED

O’Neil v. Commissioner T.C. Memo 2012-339 is a good innocent spouse case to read.  Without going into all of the dreary details, the bottom line is that the parties were married and then divorced.  While they were estranged and still separated, … Continue reading

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FILING BANKRUPTCY BEFORE SEEKING INNOCENT SPOUSE RELIEF ON IRS CLAIM ENDS IN DISMISSAL OF BANKRUPCY CASE AT REQUEST OF DEBTOR

Pearl Dwek filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 13.  Before the Court had confirmed her plan, she filed a motion to modify the stay to extend the period of her payment plan to allow her to proceed in U.S. Tax Court … Continue reading

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IMPACT OF THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION IN U.S. V WINDSOR: LEGALLY MARRIED SAME- SEX COUPLES NOW WILL LIVE IN THE SAME TAX WORLD AS DO OTHER MARRIED COUPLES

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as enacted, had two-prongs, namely: Section 2 of the Act provided and still provides that no state need recognize same-sex marriages legally consecrated under the laws of another state. Section 3 of the Act … Continue reading

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TO FILE OR NOT TO FILE JOINTLY: AN ANNUAL DILEMMA

It is tax time again and most married couples will file jointly without considering the consequences or considering only the dollar tax-savings (marriage bonus) from rate splitting for single-earner couples. Couples with two wage earners more likely face a marriage … Continue reading

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TAX PAYMENTS FOLLOWING INNOCENT SPOUSE RELIEF

What is commonly referred to as “innocent spouse relief” is actually three distinct types of possible statutory relief from the usual “joint and several liability” of a spouse who elects to file a joint return with his or her mate … Continue reading

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