Tax Responsibility Depends Upon When It Was Incurred


Your marriage has gone from I do to I don’t anymore, and you’re filing for a divorce. Your soon-to-be ex-spouse owes taxes to the IRS, and you’re wondering if the debt could become your responsibility. Tax attorney, Mary King, weighs in.

If your spouse owes taxes to the IRS, you may be liable if you filed a joint tax return with them. If you file marrying filing separately, then they’re responsible, solely, for those taxes that are due.

If your spouse incurred the tax debt while filing jointly, then both taxpayers will be legally responsible. If the debt was incurred before you were married, your spouse is solely liable. An experienced tax attorney can help determine if your ex’s liabilities will become yours. The Law Office of Mary King, P.L. offers complete IRS problem solving services, including all areas from tax debt settlement to planning the most efficient tax strategy for individuals and businesses.