Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks When Filing Taxes After Divorce

Could these overlooked tax breaks after divorce save you money?

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If you're ending your marriage, add filing taxes after divorce to the list of headaches that you’ll need to deal with. First, if you haven't already done so, you need to file a new W-4 form with your employer to adjust the amount withheld from your paycheck.

But that's not all. You might also be facing alimony payments, child custody arrangements, home sales, and other divorce-related issues that can affect your taxes.

To help with these issues, here are seven often overlooked tax tips and potential tax breaks to consider when you are filing taxes after divorce.

Kevin McCormally
Chief Content Officer, Kiplinger Washington Editors
McCormally retired in 2018 after more than 40 years at Kiplinger. He joined Kiplinger in 1977 as a reporter specializing in taxes, retirement, credit and other personal finance issues. He is the author and editor of many books, helped develop and improve popular tax-preparation software programs, and has written and appeared in several educational videos. In 2005, he was named Editorial Director of The Kiplinger Washington Editors, responsible for overseeing all of our publications and Web site. At the time, Editor in Chief Knight Kiplinger called McCormally "the watchdog of editorial quality, integrity and fairness in all that we do." In 2015, Kevin was named Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President.
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