The husband ran a successful medical practice earning over $650,000 in gross income. He employed his wife as a sales representative and paid her a little over $30,000/year. The couple had four small children. The wife didn’t participate in her husband’s meeting over finances and management.
The IRS found that the medical practice underreported its income by over $100,000. Over $40,000 tax liability notice of deficiency was mailed to the couple. The couple also faced a significant penalty for the underreporting/ underpayment.