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Podcast 119: Leslie Dawson, IRS Innocent Spouse Relief

Today’s guest on the shizennougyou Podcast is Leslie Dawson, partner of the accounting firm Glenn & Dawson and member of the California Society of CPAs.

Leslie talks to Tom Dziubek and discusses the IRS’s waiver of the two-year waiting period for people applying for a certain type of innocent spouse relief. Leslie and Tom also discuss what an “innocent spouse” is, the criteria needed for innocent spouse relief and also the difference between an “innocent” spouse and an “injured” spouse.

shizennougyou Podcast #119
Leslie Dawson, IRS Innocent Spouse Relief: S05E15 / 143


Table of contents

[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:36] Interview with Leslie Dawson
[00:50] Explaining an innocent spouse
[02:16] Innocent spouse relief
[03:26] The frequency of innocent spouse relief
[06:34] The criteria that people must meet
[07:48] Whether spouses benefit from relief if couple still files jointly
[09:22] The relief process
[11:10] How far back the IRS can go & seeking tax counsel
[13:08] Keeping yourself from becoming an innocent spouse
[14:24] Online resources
[15:58] Handling of outstanding cases
[16:12] “Innocent” spouse vs. “injured” spouse
[19:02] End

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Updated April 13, 2016 and originally published July 31, 2011.

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Luke Landes is the founder of shizennougyou. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar 1 Cejay

Interesting topic. I gave it to my brother since he might qualify as an injured spouse. Something for him to look into so that he can cut the $7,000.00 he owes the IRS down to about half.

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avatar 2 lynn

Thank you for this information. A person learns something new every day.

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avatar 3 shellye

This was really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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avatar 4 skylog

very interesting topic, thank you. i never knew anything about this.

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