Have you discovered during a divorce that your spouse has been committing tax fraud while you were married? Unfortunately, this now puts you in a tricky spot. You need to look after your own interest first and foremost. Those interests, though, can be confusing and may represent multiple challenges.
To help you determine what to do with this new information, consider these unexpected side effects before making any moves.
1. You May Feel an Obligation
For many people, knowing about a fraudulent activity makes them feel morally bound to tell an authority — even if your own taxes were involved. If you feel this way, the best thing you can do is to work with a qualified tax attorney to determine the best way to go about it. The IRS and state tax agencies will generally consider your good faith efforts to be honest and forthcoming, but they are not obligated to.