What Is an Injured Spouse Form?


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An injured spouse form is a tax form that can be filed by a taxpayer to seek relief from the capture of a federal income tax refund, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Form number 8379 is also known as Injured Spouse Allocation, and it can be filed electronically.

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This form is generally filed when the taxpayer's spouse owes back taxes that would otherwise be offset to satisfy a debt to the federal or state government or to pay back student loans or child support, according to the IRS.

A taxpayer filing as an injured spouse should not have legal obligations to repay the amount being offset. Form 8379 should not be confused with Form 8857, which is a Request for Innocent Spouse Relief.

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