They always filed a joint return, but she was never aware of the specifics on the IRS form. The husband would just have her sign it or he would forge her signature at times.
Have an attorney review the tax return to see if you qualify as an "innocent spouse."
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See the IRS innocent spouse rules. I would also suggest a consult with a CPA to see if those rules apply to the wife.
If the audit covers a jointly filed return, then yes the wife is included in the audit. The wife may however qualify as an "innocent spouse." Your Judgment of Divorce and/or Stipulation of Settlement may also include language concerning tax liabilities and audits. You should consult an attorney in person and bring any applicable paperwork with you.
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If it is a joint return and signed by the wife she can be included in the audit. She can file as an innocent spouse.
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