Tax season is upon us. Among the things this means is that taxpayers are seeing a lot of tax documents. Sometimes, changes are made to such documents. Recently, some changes were made to a tax form that regards something many people here in the U.S. claim deductions in relation to: mortgage loan interest payments. We discussed deduction issues related to mortgages in a previous post.
Sometimes, a person encounters an unpleasant surprise after divorcing their spouse. This could include an unpleasant tax surprise. For one, they might be informed by the Internal Revenue Service that their spouse underpaid taxes on joint returns they had filed. Upon such a discovery, one thing a person might be quite worried about is that they could face a large tax liability as a result of their ex-spouse’s conduct.
Many people view interactions with the Internal Revenue Service negatively and as something to dread. There are various reasons for this. One is that such interactions sometimes happen in very stressful and high-stakes situations, such as situations in which a taxpayer is accused of having done something wrong on their taxes or told they owe more in the way of taxes than they thought they did. Another is that there is a certain degree of intimidation a person can feel when dealing with a major federal agency that can take enforcement actions that could have major impacts on a person’s life.