Innocent spouses linked to those accused of tax crimes may have an easier time proving their innocence. In a statement released last month, the Internal Revenue Service announced a change in how they will evaluate "equitable relief" cases, which are situations where spouses who signed joint tax returns (along with those convicted of tax fraud) ask to be freed of joint liability for their spouse's wrongdoing.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not an agency that is liked by most. But when the IRS revises its rules to clearly benefit the taxpayers, one has to give the agency credit where credit is due. And credit is due, because two months ago, the IRS made a surprise but very welcome announcement.