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My husband had a business that he bankrupts. He ...

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My husband had a business that he bankrupts. He hasn't paid any taxes. He is now starting another company. I had nothing to do with the first business and want no part of the second business. What am I liable for in the way of taxes.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LEV replied 9 years ago.

Generally as you signed a joint return you are responsible for all information on that return.

If you want to distance yourself from your husband' tax obligations - you should either file a separate tax return or claim an innocent spouse relief.

Filing with married filing separate status - may eliminate some credits and deductions.

An innocent spouse can get relief when the other spouse makes false reports on a joint return. - http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8857.pdf