About this time of year, articles about tax planning for year end start appearing everywhere.
The articles contain tips useful for most taxpayers. But did you know that the IRS publishes
a pamphlet just for those who are divorced or separated? Publication 504,
for “Divorced or Separated Individuals” covers topics relevant such as:
- Filing Status
- Qualified Domestic Relations Order [QDRO]
- Individual Retirement Arrangements [IRA]
- Property Settlments
- Costs of Getting a Divorce
- Community Property
- Helpful reminders
Believe it or not, the IRS offers a wealth of free information to taxpayers on every aspect
of our lives. The materials are well written, in other words, they are not written in legalese!
Here is how to find this information.
This is the main IRS website. Here you can download forms and publications.
You can request a copy sent to you, or you can go the the Chicago IRS Office at:
230 S Dearborn
There you will find paper copies of these pamphlets and forms.
There are other IRS locations in Schiller Park, Orland Park, and Downers Grove.
What I love to do is to download the PDF version of publications to my iPad.
Then I can save it in iBooks to read anytime! If you are looking for something else,
say for example, information on selling your home or deducting mortgage interest payments,
type in keywords in the search box.
Another IRS tool is the IRS TELETAX for recorded information by phone. This is available 24/7.
Call 800-829-4477 and enter the tax topic. Relevant topics include:
- Alimony paid [Topic #452]
- Innocent Spouse Relief [Topic #205]
You can also use this phone number to check on the status of your refund.
You should always check with your attorney or tax advisor on any questions you have,
but these materials will give you a good basic foundation to ask the right questions.
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