IRS Question: I am getting married in a few months. My fiance is 65 and retired. I am a freelance artist and barely make enough to get by on. The IRS claims that I owe just under $75,000 in back income taxes from approximately 10-13 years ago. I could never come close to paying that amount. I had two good years where I made $98,000 and approx. $54,000 respectively. This was the years just after my Dad's unexpected death and during a time when my Mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Most of the money made was spent on caring for my mom and extending her life expectancy. I was a bad time and I do not have the money to fight the IRS or the records to contradict their claims. My income has dwindled to nothing over the past couple of years from the economy and we are living off of my fiance's meager social security as I look for work.
The IRS has recently filed for a lien, but I have no assets. Frankly, I've seen what the IRS has done to others and they terrify me. I can't afford to defend against it and can't afford to pay anything.
I have been wiped out by the economy. I'm concerned that when we get married, that the IRS can attach my Fiance's Social Security. Can they? If so what happens?