Know your tax and IRS rights.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

With constant fighting over finances, couples in this economy are especially hit hard.  A divorce can ruin your credit, cause lingering debt long after the divorce is over, and have the IRS breathing down your neck.

The following tips are for those divorced spouses who are subject to an IRS tax audit:

1.  Know that you can challenge an auditor’s decision.

2.  Penalties that are assessed, can be cancelled if you show a good faith effort to pay.

3.  Audits can be by correspondence instead of face to face.

4.  You can ask the IRS for an installment plan to pay any money owed.

5.  IRS notices may be incorrect.  You can challenge notices and sometimes they are cancelled.

6.  There is a problem resolution office of the IRS to resolve disputes.

7.  You have the right to appeal anyIRS decision within 30 days of receipt.

Often divorce lawyers work with accountants, bookkeepers and CPAs to gather financial information.  There may be tax ramifications of any settlement offer so it is important to consult with a tax advisor prior to signing any marital settlement agreement.  For more information call to speak to one of the attorneys at ROBIN  ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.

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