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The trial court may order reimbursement to the community when a party unilaterally uses community property to pay his or her separate obligations. See, e.g., Marriage of Frick (1986) 181 CA3d 997, 1014 (preseparation); Marriage of Epstein (1979) 24 C3d 76, 89 (postseparation).
However, the catch here is that if the parties filed a joint tax return during the period where the particular taxes were paid, then because the return is signed under penalty of perjury, it could be used as evidence of a joint agreement to pay the taxes, which may invalidate the argument that the community was unilaterally used to pay a separate obligation.
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