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Question: My husband received a letter from his ex-wife yesterday regarding paying a debt that was owed from 2004 income tax is he obligated to pay the amount in the divorce decree the amount is from 2004 and they divorced in 2007.

Answer: The division of debts in the divorce decree and a joint tax debt to the IRS are two different things.  I assume from your question that your husband was married to his ex-wife at the time the tax debt was incurred and that it was a joint tax debt.  While the divorce decree may divide the debts between the husband and wife, that division is not binding on the IRS.  As far as the Federal Government is concerned both parties are liable for the back taxes.  If the tax debt is significant, it would be worthwhile to consult a lawyer about the best course of action.

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  • My husband received a letter from his ex-wife yesterday regarding paying a debt that was owed from 2004 income tax is he obligated to pay the amount in the divorce decree the amount is from 2004 and they divorced in 2007.

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