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Tax Issues of Divorce


Divorce can be an emotional rollercoaster for the parties involved. Understanding the complications and economic effect at the tax level will reassure the taxpayers their return(s) have been properly prepared. As a tax professional, it’s your responsibility to explain the tax implications of divorce and report income and expense correctly on the individuals’ return(s). When children are involved, it can be tricky to determine which taxpayer is allowed to claim an exemption for a child. Knowing how to distinguish between child support and other payments is important. Being prepared when clients come to you in the midst of divorce can alleviate some tax filing problems.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the most appropriate filing status for separated or divorced taxpayers.
  • Summarize the exceptions to both spouses being jointly and severally liable when filing a joint return.
  • Distinguish which parent is eligible to claim a child as a dependent.
  • Recognize the difference between custodial and noncustodial parent for tax purposes.
  • Differentiate between alimony, child support, and property settlements.
  • Summarize the tax treatment of a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).
  • Assess community property state complications.

Course Details

  • Dependent case study (self-study)
  • This course includes an e-book. CPE is issued after exam is successfully completed.


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