The IRS has the power to release a spouse from direct financial liability for unpaid taxes. This release from responsibility from having to pay tax debts of the other spouse (or estranged spouse) is called innocent spouse relief. The IRS will conduct an evaluation of the spouse’s education, work experience, relationship status (still married, divorced, or separated), physical or mental disabilities, and level of involvement in household finances to determine whether the spouse can qualify for innocent spouse …

Source: Innocent spouse tax relief: Overview of the IRS Requirements

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