The Internal Revenue Service has issued new guidance and streamlined procedures for spouses who are seeking equitable relief from joint income tax liability.

Revenue Procedure 2013-34 supersedes the earlier Revenue Procedure 2003-61. It provides the threshold requirements for any request for equitable relief and sets forth conditions under which the IRS will make streamlined relief determinations granting equitable relief from an understatement of income tax or an underpayment of income tax reported on a joint return, or the operation of community property law.

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