What to do if the IRS is billing me for something that my ex-husband did and of which I had no knowledge?

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What to do if the IRS is billing me for something that my ex-husband did and of which I had no knowledge?

My ex-husband cashed in one of his 401k accounts 3 years ago, after we separated. He told me nothing about it and I didn’t see a dime of the money. I didn’t know a thing about it until 2 years later when I started getting bills from the IRS saying I owed them money. He wants me to pay half of his tax bill, which he says will come out of the sale of the house we still own. Our divorce papers don’t say anything about paying off debt from those proceeds, of which I’m to get half. I have refused to pay any of this bill. What rights do I have? Can I fight this?

Asked on November 28, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Florida

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you consult with a consumer law attorney about the Internal Revenue Service claim against you stemming from a cash out by your "ex" of his 401 k account. Based upon what you have written, he would be responsible for any unpaid taxes, not you as to the money he cashed out of his retirement account.


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