Thank you. To confirm (with some anxiety): no matter what my ex-husband owes the IRS over these many years, when it's time for me to receive my 50% of his SS retirement benefits, since I personally owe nothing in unpaid income tax to the gov't, I will receive my full, ungarnished share due from his SS retirement benefits? If so (good news for me!), this is likely to cause much bitterness towards me from my ex (and we still have a child together who suffers between us) -- is there any positive approach to my ex-spouse's long-unpaid taxes (long ago bankruptcy, intermittent unemployment, etc)? For instance, simply put: will the IRS garnish his FULL SS retirement benefits when he applies for them next year, or only a portion per month -- e.g. 15% or 20%? The goal, obviously, in this dual situation is for me (who's not guilty of non-payment) to not be penalized and for him to receive SOME kind of retirement after all those years, but naturally to incrementally and reasonably give the IRS what's due from him. Phew. Thanks! Hopefully, Amy
Thank you so very much for the specificity above. My ex-husband blames his non-payment of income tax on child support payments (exacted, unfortunately, by me). Hence, that I eventually "benefit" from his situation, while he "loses"-- a loss set in motion (non-payment of IRS), he considers, by my many years of "unreasonable" demands for child support post-divorce--is arousing bitterness on his part, which he passes on to my poor son, caught in between. He has long been under the impression he will get no SS benefits because of his behavior. Your counsel will allow me to email him the good news that while he will be penalized, "All" is very far from lost. This frees me much from old entanglements that persist in affecting my child. For instance, I can now say, "But Papa has some retirement, not matter what." I'm very grateful. Thank you. Amy.