Have been married 27 years to a verbally emotionally and financially abusive man. Everything in his name. After my kids, I would have the odd part time job here and there which was filed properly. In 2004 I started a small biz and kept receipts, tracked everything. I was planning on filling properly but he bullied me into signing off on his self prepared form listing me as a dependent and homemaker and told me it was OK, I didn't make that much to have to file. I didn't believe him and of course we argued, he threatened, kids were hearing this and I gave in. I of course discover I should've filed no matter what but the next year he said if I did they'd find out I hadn't filed before and get in trouble. Now if course he has prepared all our returns, most have been efiled, I've not seen them or gotten a cent of a return etc. Now I know there is going to be a price to pay for this when divorcing. I do have copies of emails and texts where we are arguing over this so I can show he bullied me but that's it. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and back file or what. I'm starting lawyer consultations next week. He has a 401k, 4 vehicles in his name (1 is the kia I drive and make all the pmts on including the down but he refused to put my name on it). The others are not super new or expensive or anything he is just lazy about selling old cars we don't need. He also has a likely expensive comic book collection. All I have is what is in my bank account from my biz which is never over 2k. He makes sure to have me pay for enough that I can't build up much of a savings. I'm working on a retainer though. Should I also talk to a tax lawyer or see what divorce lawyers say first or.......these kinds of things have kept me from filing. That and his threats and yelling. I'm done, my girls are done. I don't care what it costs me. Except jail
. We are in Texas.