When is a Joint Return Not a Joint Return?

When is a Joint Return Not a Joint Return? by Susan Moussi

{2:21 minutes to read} The tax court recently ruled on a case complicated by a divorce that was in-process at the time of filing. The lack of clarity, in this case, resulted in time, aggravation, and expense for both parties—highlighting the need for clear and indisputable documentation.

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The Alimony Recapture Rule: What It Is & How to Avoid It

The Alimony Recapture Rule: What Is It & How to Avoid It by Susan Moussi

{2:10 minutes to read} The alimony recapture rule is a potential tax consequence when alimony is paid for a period of fewer than three years and when there are dramatic drop-offs in the amount paid from year to year. 

There are times when alimony may be paid by one spouse to another for a very short period of time. When this happens, the payor of alimony risks the possibility of having to report so-called phantom income. 

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Divorcing Later in Life? Be Financially Prepared

Divorcing Later in Life? Be Financially Prepared by Susan Moussi

{2:00 minutes to read} Uncertainty. Unknowns. Regardless of age, divorce creates questions and concerns about the future. Depending on the age of the couple, the focus of these concerns varies. Younger couples are generally more concerned with how they can maintain the lifestyle that their children have grown accustomed to now that there are two separate households. Children, rather than retirement, for example, becomes the focus.

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