Tax Resolution Attorney John P. Willis Relates A Story About Embezzlement, Gambling, And Winning Against The IRS

Tax resolution attorney John Willis, CEO and founder of IRSALLSTAR shows an example of how the ‘innocent spouse’ rule affected one man’s outcome in a tale involving gambling, embezzlement and going up against the IRS without an attorney.

Fairhope, AL, August 16, 2018: Tax Attorney John Willis, CEO and founder of, recently published a blog on his website entitled “Your Spouse Embezzles Money And The IRS Taxes You,” in which Mr. Willis relates a story that’s strange but true.

Relating to the title of his blog, Willis asks, “What would you do if this scenario happened to you? Would you just play along and pay the taxes?” He adds, “I suppose if you were aware of the embezzlement you might. But, let’s just say you had no clue what was going on, then what?”

Willis explains, “I just read a great story about a man whose wife embezzled $500,000 and the IRS tried to tax him for her criminal behavior! He did not take it lying down. In fact, he fought and won!”

“According to the online article,” writes Willis who explains that the story comes from, he adds, “and based on the $500,000 the wife embezzled, “The IRS asserted that Mr. Jacobsen owed about $110,000 in taxes and penalties for 2010 in connection with his wife’s embezzlement, and an additional $18,000 for funds she embezzled in 2011.

So he filed a handwritten request on Form 8857 for relief under the “innocent spouse” rules. Congress first passed this provision in 1971 to sever joint liability if one spouse isn’t complicit in the other’s bad tax behavior.”

Says Willis, “What helped Mr. Jacobsen win his case was basically a lack of financial sophistication.” He continues adding, “The article stated, “Mr. Jacobsen, a factory worker, had an Associate’s Degree and no financial education. He said he trusted his wife to handle their financial affairs.”

The entire blog can be read at:


Mr. Willis believes strongly in supporting and representing the “underdog” and has devoted his entire professional life to protecting and defending those who need it most. As an attorney, Mr. Willis takes his role as “counselor” seriously. His knowledge, creativity and persistence are valuable assets that provide substantial benefits to his clients. He has represented individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast for over 19 years and, he brings together an abundance of skills and experience that can be of assistance to almost anyone.


The IRSALLSTAR team has developed a winning formula to ensure that each client’s individual needs are specifically met. Upon becoming a client of Mr. Willis’ law firm, that client’s immediate needs are assessed, and long-term goals are defined. Experienced professionals on the IRSALLSTAR team then assist each client in developing and implementing a custom-tailored game plan to provide both short-term and long-term relief from his or her serious tax problems. All firm clients are continually coached toward successful tax resolution and final victory over their challenges with the IRS and state taxing authorities.

To learn more about Mr. Willis and his law firm please visit or call toll-free 877-254-4254.

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