innocent spouse

Definition of "innocent spouse"
  1. This refers to a married person who may not be held responsible for certain tax obligations if their partner neglected to report income on their joint tax return submitted to the Internal Revenue Service
How to use "innocent spouse" in a sentence
  1. The innocent spouse was relieved from paying taxes due to her partner's mistake in failing to report income.
  2. Liability for the back taxes was not placed on the innocent spouse because his partner neglected to include some income on their joint tax return.
  3. The IRS may provide relief to an innocent spouse if a substantial amount of income was omitted on their joint return.

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