Innocent Spouse Relief

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How to eFile or File for Innocent Spouse Relief
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Injured Spouse

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The eFile Tax App will help complete and e-File Form 8857, pages 1, 2, and 3, Innocent Spouse Relief.

If you need to find or add the Form, click on Help in the top section and enter 8857 to then click on Add Form. There are three total forms; you will need to do this for all three and fill them in based on your specific situation. The Form 8857 will be e-Filed with your Tax Return, due Tax Day or by the October  eFile deadline

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The form will be added to your return as you complete information. This form can be e-filed via your eFile account with your return; if you just need to complete this one form, you can also complete and sign Form 8857 separately and mail it in.

We are not exactly sure where the term innocent comes from in this context. The terms irresponsible or nonobligated spouse seems more appropriate here.

See more details about Innocent Spouse Relief and more information via IRS Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief.

Where to Mail Form 8857

Send your completed Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief, to one of the following addresses. For 2021, the mailing addresses for Form 8857 have changed. If you are mailing with United States Postal Service or a private service, such as FEDEX or UPS, the address is now the same:

Internal Revenue Service Center
7940 Kentucky Drive, Stop 840F
Florence, KY 41042

If you are filing for a previous year, use the following addresses. If using the U.S. Postal Service:

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 120053
Covington, KY 41012.

For FEDEX or UPS delivery service:

Internal Revenue Service
201 W. Rivercenter Blvd. Stop 840F
Covington, KY 41011.

Fax the form and attachments to the IRS at 855-233-8558. DO NOT mail your Form 8857 to any other IRS address. 

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