If you are struggling under tax debt that rightfully belongs to your spouse alone, the IRS does offer help and resources. Common situations that lead to an innocent spouse claim include financial and tax liability incurred without the spouse's knowledge and returns on which the signature of a spouse is forged.
The spouse making the appeal must file IRS Form 8857, and be prepared to discuss the elements of the return that are in dispute. Those approved for innocent spouse relief may be entitled to a reduction in taxes owed as well as in penalties and interest. Tax liens can possibly be removed from the injured spouse as well.