How Can I File Taxes While Going Through a Divorce?

In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
                                                                                                - Benjamin Franklin

Unfortunately, the fact that you are going through a divorce does not change the wisdom of  Dr. Franklin's quote.  Even while going through a divorce, you will still have to figure out how to file your taxes.  One of the key questions that controls how you can file is whether you were still legally married as of December 31st.  Keep in mind that any tax refund received is most likely marital property and any tax debt owed is most likely going to be considered a marital debt.  Therefore, it is in everyone's best interest to work together to file the return in the most mutually beneficial way possible.

As with anything tax related, you should discuss your particular situation with your tax professional to determine the best way for you to file.  Before you make any decisions about how you are going to file your tax return, you need to discuss the issue with your attorney.  You need to do this as soon as possible in your case because your attorney may need time to file an appropriate motion with the Court before the April 15th deadline hits.

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