Seek relief from a spouse's debt
If you're filing a joint claim for refund or credit and your spouse has a legally enforceable debt, you may qualify for:
- nonobligated spouse relief to prevent your portion of the refund from being used to pay the debt.
If we bill you for a debt that belongs to you and your spouse (or former spouse), you may qualify for:
- innocent spouse relief
- partial innocent spouse relief
- separation of liability
- equitable relief
See Innocent spouse (relief from joint tax liability) to learn more.