If you are in the midst of
dissolving your marriage and have children, you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are probably negotiating
issues concerning your tax filing status for 2013. Your federal tax filing
status is based on your marital and family situation. These are important
factors in determining whether you must file a return, what your standard
deduction is, and your correct amount of tax.
If you are not yet divorced, you have three options for your 2013 filing:
It is important that you and your spouse attempt to resolve tax filing
issues well in advance of April 15. Contradictory filings can trigger
audits by the Internal Revenue Service. If you cannot come to agreement
as to tax filing status, you may be able to seek court intervention or
request a tax filing extension with the I.R.S.
Keep in mind that a court cannot force you and your spouse to file a joint
return. To avoid a situation in which no progress is possible, consider
having a tax professional evaluate the pros and cons of a joint vs. separate
vs. head of household filing, so that you and your spouse can see what
you stand to gain.
As a first step in your inquiry, consider allowing an attorney to evaluate
Contact The Buncher Law Corporation to get started.