Texas Man Can't Share $26.4M Tax Liability With Ex-Wife

Law360, New York (January 25, 2018, 6:46 PM EST) -- A Texas seller of farm equipment, whom a magistrate judge has found to owe the IRS $26.4 million, cannot share the tax burden with his ex-wife after a federal judge ruled Thursday that taxpayers cannot delegate their tax duties.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor accepted findings from Magistrate Judge Hal R. Ray Jr. that Larry Cabelka’s alleged failure to file income tax returns for the years 1997 to 2003 and 2005 to 2009 cannot be blamed on his ex-wife Rebecca Thorp.

Thorp, whom Cabelka had roped into the government’s lawsuit against him as a potentially liable third party, had argued she...

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