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Innocent spouse relief, part 2: the role of a skilled tax attorney

Federal tax law recognizes that there are circumstances in which a taxpayer should not be held responsible for tax debt that arose during marriage. This recognition is reflected in relief from tax liability that is commonly called innocent spouse relief.

What is innocent spouse relief? Part 1: the 3 types of relief

If your spouse or former spouse controlled the marital finances, it may not be fair to hold you responsible for tax liability incurred during the marriage. After all, he or she may have committed errors or engaged in fraudulent or otherwise questionable conduct that you had no reason to know about or were in no position to stop.

What a difference intent makes!

When it comes to tax noncompliance, intent can make a significant difference in terms of the penalties a taxpayer faces. When the Internal Revenue Service investigates noncompliance, there are certain things auditors will investigate to get a better handle on the intent of the taxpayer. This is where the distinction between negligence and fraud is critical.

Residency and state taxes, part 2: proposed federal law has not passed

In the first part of this post, we discussed some of the detailed rules on residency status affecting state income tax returns. We focused, in particular, on part-year residents and what state tax obligations they may have in Massachusetts.

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