The new policy means that people who would never have been eligible for relief in the past will be able to get the weight of tax debt off of their shoulders. This policy will help a lot of people.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 13, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it is lifting the two-year time limit that had applied to relief requests in the case of innocent spouses. Tax resolution firm Top Tax Defenders notes that the elimination of the two-year limit will allow those falling under the classification of "innocent spouse" to receive tax relief even if they had taken more than two years to apply for relief.
An innocent spouse is one who has incurred penalties and other tax debts as a result of their spouse's failure to properly file their joint tax return. Previously, the IRS set a strict limit of two years on any applications for tax relief due to the misfiling of a spouse. Under the new policy, the time limit will be lifted for equitable relief requests. A spokesperson from Top Tax Defenders commented, "The new policy means that people who would never have been eligible for relief in the past will be able to get the weight of tax debt off of their shoulders. This policy will help a lot of people."
Not only will the new policy help people currently applying for relief as an innocent spouse or under the requirements of equitable relief eligibility, but people who have already filed for relief will not be subjected to the limit. People who have filed in the past and had their application for relief denied simply due to the two-year limit may also be eligible to refile for relief under the new policy.
In the past, the two-year limit started on the date collection actions were taken against a spouse. The purpose of the limit was to assure that relief filings were made while evidence concerning the case was still available, but the IRS found that this limit negatively impacted too many people. Anyone filing for relief as an innocent spouse can only do so if the tax return was filed jointly.
Read more about innocent spouse relief on the http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=242867,00.html [Internal Revenue Service website __title__ Internal Revenue Service website].
About Top Tax Defenders:
Top Tax Defenders is a tax resolution firm based in the Houston area. The firm specializes in helping people across the United States find relief from their IRS tax debts including unfiled tax
returns, removing IRS liens and settling back taxes on both the state and federal levels.