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Joint Returns and Divorce

2019 – 04/29 The IRS has provided guidance to its employees about taxpayers who filed joint tax returns before separating or divorcing. The guidance concerns what collection activity information can and can’t be disclosed to the other spouse with respect to the couple’s returns. Certain information can be disclosed verbally, after a verbal or written request from the spouse who has been assessed the joint tax. This includes whether the IRS has attempted to collect from the other spouse; the amount collected, if any; and the current collection status. (Memo SBSE-05-0419-0010)

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