Thursday, March 14, 2013

Boise Senator Plans Bill to Protect Former Spouses from Tax-Scofflaw Exes

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

An Idaho lawmaker plans to author a bill protecting innocent Idahoans from tax-scofflaw former spouses.

As the law stands now, ex-spouses can be penalized for a tax liability from underpayment when a former partner fails to declare income on a joint tax return to the Idaho State Tax Commission, according to Boise Democrat Sen. Les Bock.

"There is no reason why an innocent spouse should be financially devastated because a former spouse concealed income and did not report that income on a joint tax return. It is critical that Idaho's tax system be fair. Idaho Code should explicitly provide for the protection of innocent spouses," Bock wrote in a statement released Thursday.

Bock's proposal "provides for the protection of such innocent spouses," according to the release.

The Boise senator from District 16 is looking for input from his fellow lawmakers of both parties, and plans to introduce the legislation at the beginning of the 2014 session.

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