Category Archives: Divorce

Divorce and Residence

Today TaxMama hears from Joan in California, with this issue. “I owned a house with my ex. We bought it together in 1985; but I left and he stayed. Through a lengthy lawsuit costing me $25,000 the house was sold and I received $40,000. Once I left I never paid mortgage or upkeep. What is […]

Decedent 1099-C

Today TaxMama hears from Thomas in Maryland who tells us. “I was legally separated from my spouse 3 years ago. My spouse passed away 2 years ago. I just received a 1099-C tax statement addressed to her estate. Since I was legally separated, am I obligated to report the 1099-c amount on my taxes?”

Who Did I Work For?

Today TaxMama hears from Bryan in New Jersey, who says. “I lost my W-2’s for a couple of years. I didn’t get a chance too file because of a nasty divorce. How do I get copies of these W-2’s, since most of these employers are out of business; or I just plain forgot who I […]

Amending to Separate Returns

Today TaxMama hears from Dana in Florida with this question. “I am in a very nasty divorce. We were separated for the past 7 years and for 4 of those years I agreed to file as married filing joint. Can I now go back and re-file as married filing separate? It will not hurt me […]

Divorce Status

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in Texas who wants to know. “If I were to file for a divorce on Oct 1, 2008, what will be my tax status on Jan 1, 2009?” Dear Mike, Does your wife know about your plans? Ah well, all good things must end someday. Actually, we don’t care what […]

Where to Invest

Today TaxMama hears from Mabel in Georgia with this tale of woe. “After 25 years of marriage I will receive $80,000 from my ex’s retirement account via a QDRO. With the economy like it is, I need to know the safest place to put this money. Also, is there an alternative that would make any […]

Dump Tax Debt

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in Nevada who tells us. “I have a tax lien from year 2000. This was a debt that was awarded to my ex in our divorce. At the time of divorce the debt was around $500. She got it down to less than $200. and stopped paying on it. It […]

Violating Divorce Decree

Today TaxMama hears from a divorcee who is concerned. She says “I got divorced in 2001. The decree stated that we would each claim one child as a dependent. When I moved to another state in 2006 my taxes were done by H&R Block. I didn’t realize they had claimed both children in my tax […]