Well, so long as you are not liable for any back taxes even if you file married filing separate they won't take it. If you are liable for joint debt then they can collect; however, based on what you said the IRS agreed not to hold you liable for the debt for the back taxes.
What will happen to your ex for not filing year after year? Well, it all depends. If he's self employed or an independent contractor, it can be bad. If he is a W-2 employee and has adequate withholding
then they won't be as hard on him because he's still paying taxes. They will find him, and it will be worse on him for not cooperating. Worst case, he can go to jail even.
The IRS has been a lot softer since various laws
were enacted in 1998. He really should get a good tax attorney and get in contact with the IRS and make arrangements to straighten everything out. If you're still a friend to him, and he asks for advice - that's what you tell him. Get an attorney. Be honest with your attorney. Let the attorney help you take care of it.
Actually $600 isn't that bad for a return with a schedule C in California. The software that accountants use is very expensive, and so is overhead such as paying employees and staying in compliance
with the new IRS regulations on paid tax preparers. If that $600 also included your state return preparation
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