Wondering if there is any legal standing on this issue, something that could be pursued by Dad.
No legal separation, no divorce, but Dad moved out of the house a couple months ago. Dad has been unemployed for several months. Mom - out of spite and greed, without telling Dad - had her taxes prepared, filed married/separately, and claimed both kids. Resulted in Mom getting refund of almost $9K and dad owing the IRS more than $2K because he had no deductions (which clearly he had not planned for in his withholding).
Even with being unemployed for part of 2008, Dad made the majority of the income (almost double what Mom made), yet Mom claimed both kids, resulting in Dad owing the IRS. If they had filed joint, as always in the past (even during previous separations - yes, this is their third separation), they would have shared a refund. Even if they had filed separately, but each claimed one child, he would not have this outstanding debt to the IRS.
Dad found out about the size of Mom’s refund and would like to believe that it entitles him some relief with regard to paying child support, especially since - even unemployed - he will incur penalties and interest that accumulate while he finds a way to pay the IRS, and a portion of his future income will have to go towards paying that debt; hopefully before the IRS decides to garnish future wages.
Dad is uncertain as to the legal position on an issue such as this and wonders if he has to accept powerlessness over what she has done, and continue to be walked on.
Does he have any repercussion at all?
Thank you as always.