Innocent Spouse Relief Attorney in Tampa
Avoid Interest and Penalties for Joint Tax Returns in Florida
Entering into a marriage brings a lot of tax benefits, but it also holds both partners accountable when tax problems arise. Ignoring notices from the IRS will only hurt your case, so seek guidance from a Tampa tax attorney who can help you out of this situation.
We understand that this is a very stressful time for you and your family – that's why we are committed to doing everything we can to help. We have been in your place and can relate to what you are going through, which helps us be of greater service to you.
Let us help you avoid additional tax, interest, and penalties for someone else’s mistake. Contact us at (813) 295-7648 or online to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa innocent spouse relief lawyer.
What Is Innocent Spouse Relief?
When you file a joint tax return with your spouse, you are legally liable for the taxes due on that return as well as any subsequent interest or penalties that accrue. You may be able to protect yourself from penalties by seeking innocent spouse relief.
You may qualify for innocent spouse relief if you are:
- You are widowed
- You are divorced
- You are separated from your spouse
- Your spouse committed questionable actions on the tax return
If the IRS is seeking taxes from you because of a spouse’s mistake or fraud, it is important to act fast. The IRS enforces that individuals request innocent spouse relief no more than two years after their first attempt to collect the tax.
If you believe you may be a candidate for innocent spouse relief, our firm can help. We are experienced Tampa tax attorney who have helped countless clients avoid harsh punishments from the IRS. Let us help you find the right solution for you and your family.
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Am I Eligible for Innocent Spouse Relief?
If there was an error in your joint tax returns. You must request it from the IRS and it can take as long as six months to complete -- there is even a possibility that it will be denied.
Below are five rules about qualifying for innocent spouse relief:
- Taxes must have been filed jointly.
- The error must have been due to your spouse or ex-spouse.
- You must be able to prove your innocence in the tax error.
- The circumstances must be compelling or convincing.
- Submit your request for innocent spouse relief no later than 2 years after the IRS started to collect the tax from you.
There may be some exceptions to the fifth rule -- if you believe you need to apply for innocent spouse relief or are unsure if you qualify, reach out to our attorney at the Law Offices of Darrin T. Mish, P.A.
When Is Innocent Spouse Relief the Answer?
Innocent spouse relief can help in situations such as:
- Your tax deficiency was a result of your spouse's false claims or deductions
- You were not aware that your spouse did not file your taxes honestly when you signed the tax return
- You thought your spouse had paid the taxes due
- Your spouse forged your signature
- Your spouse earned money through an illegal activity
- You were separated or divorced from your spouse during the tax year in question
If you are facing additional taxes, interest, or penalties for a tax error caused your spouse or ex-spouse, reach out to an experienced innocent spouse relief lawyer in Tampa near you at the Law Offices of Darrin T. Mish, P.A.