How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask CGCPA Your Own Question
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 3820
Experience:  over 40 years experience in tax matters
Type Your Tax Question Here...
CGCPA is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Scenario: In Missouri a married couple is separated, but not

This answer was rated:

Scenario: In Missouri a married couple is separated, but not divorced. They file their state tax return as married filing separately. Several years go by and the DOR says that the taxes for a year when the couple were still married were underpaid and demands payment. Are both spouses liable for the tax? If one spouse has no income or assets when the notice is received that tax is due, and is in bankruptcy, will the state collect the entire amount from the other spouse?

Welcome to Just Answer. I am here to help you resolve your tax and finance concerns. Please feel free to ask anytime you need extra help.

The key component here is filing separate returns. The only time the state (or IRS for that matter) can hold both spouses liable is when a joint return is filed. Thus, they can only proceed against the spouse owing the taxes. The filing of a bankruptcy will not change that.

CGCPA and 2 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you

Related Tax Questions