I opened a letter for my husband from the IRS. It said his appeal for removal of a Federal Tax Lien was not allowed because he hadn't given proper documentation and also because the amount he thought he had agreed to would never have worked because it was too low of an amount. The letter also stated he had outstanding income taxes at a little over $16,000 from 2015 and that he failed to pay business payroll tax for his business in 2016 (27,000+). It stated that he had not provided any of the information they requested to help rectify the situation. I don't understand the income tax because I know I always turn in my W-2 for work. He collects it and has a tax person that he works with. The letter states we owe over 37,000 with business taxes and income tax. It says he has not replied or responded with any information they have requested. This came as a huge surprise to me as my husband never informed me of any of this. I am very worried about my house, my vehicle etc. I am wondering if I have any options or if my name is tied with his because of all of this. I thank you for your response. I am just lost as what to do or what this even means.
You are correct to be worried. You are most likely not responsible for his business payroll taxes. I don't know how your finances and assets are structured so I don't know to what extent your assets are at risk. You should definitely consult with one of us here on AVVO, with or without your husband.
His payroll tax problem will get referred to an IRS Collector (revenue officer) and that person will start aggressive collection action. Payroll tax collection is at the top of the IRS collection priority list.
Your IRS situation is out of control. Accordingly, both you and your husband should consult with a tax attorney. And, since there may be a conflict of interest, separate attorneys may be required.
My answer to your question does not constitute legal advise. Nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship.
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