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BOISE -- Unsuspecting spouses saddled with tax liabilities from their former significant others are about to get a break.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee agreed unanimously Thursday it's unfair to require people who signed a joint tax return but who didn't get any benefit from income to have to pay the Idaho State Tax Commission.

The Senate has already supported the so-called Innocent Spouse measure, 35-0.

Now, the House is up.

Sen. Les Bock, a Boise tax attorney and Democrat, is pushing the measure after a pair of instances he encountered where this situation arose.

One involved a woman, the other a man going through divorces.

They were each, at least initially, held liable for taxes on income they never benefited from.

Turning the tables, Bock said, is a matter of fairness.

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