IRS Forms and Information Resources

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Jeanne M. Hannah is a family law attorney in Traverse City, Michigan who has written an excellent family law blog for a number of years. She recently gathered links to a number of IRS tax resources and publications and published them in her blog. The following is the text of her post of March 14, 2011: The IRS has released …

Who Gets the Tax Exemption for the Kids?

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Sometimes, one of the biggest points of contention in a divorce is something the state court has no real power to decide. That’s the right to claim the federal income tax exemption for the children. The basic rule is that whichever parent has primary custody of the children gets to claim use the tax exemption. When the parents are designated …

It’s Tax Time!

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Once the calendar flips over to January, people inevitably start thinking about filing their income taxes. Some look forward to getting a nice refund. Others start worrying about how they will pay whatever taxes they owe. Still others don’t have any idea where they stand. When couples go through divorce, their tax lives often become much more complex. I’m not …

Time for Tax Planning

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A Gentle Reminder: As of today, there is barely enough time to finish a divorce here in Texas before the end of the year. Because of the 60-day waiting period required by Texas law, a divorce filed after October 31 cannot be finished by the end of the year. If you are in a divorce that is already pending, you …

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Alimony

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One word that evokes strong feelings of love and hate in the divorce world is “alimony”. It’s obviously related to that other word with similar connections to love and hate: “money”. In Texas, alimony can be awarded while a divorce is pending or after it is final. Attitudes of judges, lawyers and the parties often make “temporary” alimony a very …

How to Protect Your Child Dependency Tax Deduction

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Grant Griffiths, in his excellent Kansas Family Lawyer blog, brought up a timely subject that was also covered in detail in IRS web site . The problem underlying the Tax Court case that was cited in the blogs was that the non-primary-custodial father had lost his copies of Form 8332 in a fire. There wouldn’t have been a problem is …