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The record number of unemployed Americans has taken a huge toll, as many struggle to make ends meet.
Unfortunately, the IRS shows little mercy to those in this tough position. If you owe money to the IRS, don't expect a reprieve from interest and penalties!

One WalletPop reader is dealing with this situation and we have some advice on how to handle IRS debt – even when you're out of work. Watch our video response below.

Dear Ken and Daria,

My fiancé owes the IRS $6,000, but he has been out of work for almost a year. How do we deal with this?

-Jody




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