Brian C. Vertz Discusses Family Law Taxation

April 12, 2018 | Attorney Videos, Blog, Divorce, Tax Issues

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Pittsburgh divorce attorney Brian C. Vertz of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC discusses the necessary components to consider when deciding to file taxes as head of household following separation and divorce. Brian is a prolific writer and sought-after presenter particularly in his concentration area of family law taxation. His book, Frumkes & Vertz on Divorce Taxation, is a nationally distributed legal treatise on tax strategy for family lawyers. He […]

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Should I File a Joint Tax Return with My Separated Spouse?

April 01, 2018 | Blog, Divorce, Tax Issues

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Spouses who are separated, but not yet divorced, might wonder whether they should file a joint tax return. When spouses file their taxes together, each spouse can be held fully liable for the tax, as well as any interest or penalties that might accrue if the joint return is not accurate and complete.  In other words, you could be forced to pay additional tax if your estranged spouse fails to […]

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Settle Your Divorce Before the Alimony Tax Deduction Is Repealed

April 01, 2018 | Alimony, Blog, Complex Financial Issues, Divorce, Tax Issues

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Spouses who are separated should act promptly to settle their divorce cases, before changes in the federal tax law make it more difficult next year. Back in December 2017, the U.S. Congress passed a law that makes sweeping changes in federal income tax. Many personal tax deductions have been repealed, including the right to deduct alimony from taxable income. The repeal of the alimony tax deduction affects divorce settlements and […]

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New Tax Law Eliminates Child Tax Exemption for Parents

April 01, 2018 | Blog, Divorce, Tax Issues

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After April 15, 2018, parents who are separated, divorced or unmarried will no longer have to fight over the tax deductions for their children. The U.S. Congress passed a new tax law in December 2017 that eliminates the dependency exemption for children, one of the tax benefits that historically provoked intense debate between estranged parents. The new law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, but does not affect 2017 […]

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