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Subject: Off the wall problem...need info Date: 3/24/2001 5:06 PM
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I am married but separated, have been for several years now. My ex is learning disabled, and I'm not talking ADD. He was on disability for quite some time.

Last year, due to a friend being in management there, he was able to finally get a job. And once he was properly trained (which, knowing about the disability, our friend made sure happened), he has done just fine and has kept the job.

We are quite amicable, so when he had W4's to fill out he brought them to me. I advised him to claim 0 since we don't know when we will finally get around to divorcing, and I knew that otherwise they might not withold enough. I went over the forms, they got filled out, and everything was hunky dory.

At least it was until he brought over his W-2's. As I fired up the tax program, I realized with horror that his employer had withheld NO taxes whatsoever. NONE! In disbelief, I asked if he had his most recent paystub. He did, and they weren't withholding any taxes!

Well, long story short, he owes about $1900 to the feds. According to his manager, he was mistakenly put as exempt for being a student (?!?!?!?!)

What I would like is some ideas. Given that I KNOW for a fact that his W-4 was properly filled out, do we have any recourse to the employer for penalties and interest? Should we try to get the IRS to forgive the tax for this year because of the situation? My ex saw all the withholding for FICA etc, and didn't realize anything was wrong, and I kick myself doubly--first because if I had seen the paystub last year I would have been able to help him, and second because if I had known before I filed, we could have filed jointly and the refund would have been more than adequate to pay what he owed.

Any ideas? =(
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