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Thu., Feb. 27, 2014, 11:02 a.m.

House panel clears measure to protect innocent ex-spouses from tax liabilities

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Unsuspecting spouses saddled with tax liabilities from their former significant others are about to get a break. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee agreed unanimously Thursday it's unfair to require people who signed a tax return but who didn't get any benefit from income to have to pay the Idaho State Tax Commission. The Senate has already supported the so-called "Innocent Spouse" measure, 35-0. Now, the House is up. Sen. Les Bock, a Boise tax attorney and Democrat, is pushing the measure after a pair of instances he encountered where this situation arose. One involved a woman, the other a man going through divorces. They were each, at least initially, held liable for taxes on income they never benefited from. Turning the tables, Bock said, is "a matter of fairness."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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