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25 Mar. 2014

Divorce And Taxes: Why It Is Important To Resolve Tax Filing Issues Before April 15, 2014

Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

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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 your case. Contact The Buncher Law Corporation to get started.

Categories: Divorce, Taxes, Dissolution
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