Domestic abuse often includes control over finances. An important part of managing
finances is understanding your tax rights. For example, you have the right to expect the
IRS to consider facts and circumstances that might affect your taxes.
You also have the right to:
• File a separate return even if you’re married.
• Review the entire tax return before signing a joint return.
• Review supporting documents for a joint return.
• Refuse to sign a joint return.
• Request more time to file your tax return.
• Get copies of prior year tax returns from the IRS.
• Seek independent legal advice.
If you’re considered an innocent spouse, you can be relieved of responsibility for paying
tax, interest and penalties if your spouse (or former spouse) improperly reported items
or omitted items on your tax return. Generally, the tax, interest and penalties that qualify
for relief can only be collected from your spouse (or former spouse.). However, you’re
jointly and individually responsible for any tax, interest and penalties that don’t qualify
for relief. The IRS can collect these amounts from either you or your spouse (or former
You may be considered an injured spouse if your share of a refund on a joint tax return
was or is expected to be applied against your spouse’s past-due federal debts. These
debts can include federal debts, state taxes, child support and spousal support
payments. If you’re considered an injured spouse, you may be entitled to receive your
share of the refund.
Date: January 15, 2018