Does marriage make you responsible for tax debt incurred before the wedding? 4 Answers as of November 17, 2010
My fiance has a significant amount of tax debt that I want no part of. Once we are married if he has not paid it off already, will I be responsible for that debt as well?
Masson & Fatini, LLP
| Susan Fatini -Masson
No, tax debts incurred prior to marriage remain his separate property. However, you should be very careful, the IRS can levy against property held in joint form (in both your names), including bank accounts, homes, vehicles, etc.
Answer Applies to: California
LT Pepper Law
| Luke T. Pepper
If you get married you would not be responsible for the tax debt she incurred before you were married but obviously any financial commitment to pay back the debt would influence you once you are married.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
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