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How do I apply for innocent spouse relief?

Answer #58 -- ( Published 08/02/2005 04:06 PM | Updated 07/12/2017 10:41 AM )

How do I apply for innocent spouse relief?

You must complete a separate Form IL-8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, for each year you are requesting relief.  For each request, you must attach the following items, as applicable:

  • a copy of your original U.S. and Illinois income tax returns,
  • a copy of any amended U.S. and Illinois income tax returns,
  • a copy of U.S. Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, if you requested relief from the IRS,
  • any final determination of your federal or Illinois tax liability that you received from the IRS, Illinois Department of Revenue, or a court of law, including any grant or denial of innocent spouse relief, and
  • any other supporting documentation you believe would assist us in determining your eligibility.

Send your completed Form IL-8857, along with supporting documentation, to

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
PROBLEMS RESOLUTION DIVISION
P.O. BOX 19014
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS 62794-9014

For more information, see Publication 125, Injured and Innocent Spouse Relief.

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