IRS Innocent Spouse Relief, for Pasadena tax attorney Daniel W. Layton, is a special area of focus. Mr. Layton has helped deserving clients obtain innocent spouse relief to escape from the dark cloud of IRS and California FTB tax liabilities. As a former IRS attorney who used to handle the IRS's innocent spouse cases through several trials and published decisions, Mr. Layton has exceptional experience and insights which most attorneys lack in this area. Since entering private practice, Daniel Layton has successfully obtained relief from the IRS Office of Appeals, obtained Innocent Joint Filer Tax Liability Relief from the FTB (their version of innocent spouse relief), and, when the IRS initially denied relief, obtained innocent spouse relief for his clients in Tax Court. By listening to his clients, understanding their difficulties, and advocating for justice on their behalf, Mr. Layton knows how to help his clients to be truly and finally free of their husbands' tax mistakes. In addition, when possible under IRS practices and procedures, Mr. Layton has convinced the IRS to release tax liens and and to allow his clients to keep protected post-divorce assets.Daniel W. Layton spent the first years of his career as an IRS trial attorney. During that time, he handled every Innocent Spouse Relief Tax Court case in the IRS's San Jose office and every Innocent Spouse Relief trial in Central California. Daniel uses that experience and knowledge for the benefit of his divorced or widowed clients. Mr. Layton's trial work has been the basis for advancements in Innocent Spouse case law in United States Tax Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The IRS and FTB reviewers on the other side of these cases have a large amount of, but often limited experience from start-to-finish, in handling innocent spouse cases. Clients who are represented by Mr. Layton have an authoritative and equalizing voice on their side. Divorces and separations are life-altering, trying, and stressful events. Even though you may have a settlement, agreement, decree, or a judgment making your ex-husband responsible for any unpaid taxes, the Internal Revenue Service will not automatically respect that agreement. When the taxes aren't paid, the IRS will aggressively pursue collections, including liens, levies, and garnishments, against you. Unless you can separate yourself from the tax liabilities and make the IRS collect against your ex-husband only, the tax liabilities can prevent you from a fresh start, hurt your credit, and keep you under the dark cloud of tax debt for years to come. Recently widowed individuals who have been left with crippling tax debt following the passing of their deceased spouses may also qualify for innocent spouse relief. If you are considering Innocent Spouse Relief or other "fresh start" options, such as an Offer in Compromise, you can contact Pasadena tax attorney Daniel W. Layton, Esq., today for a consultation at (626) 790-8602.