Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Newly Divorced

Filing taxes after a divorce can add yet another problem to an already long list of challenges. But here are some tips to make your return to single life more tax-friendly.

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If you're calling it quits on your marriage, add filing taxes after divorce to the long list of headaches you need to deal with. For starters, 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.

The last thing you need after a divorce is another problem to deal with. So, to reduce your anxiety level, here are 7 tips to make your return to single life a little more tax friendly. Although splitting up is never easy, there's no reason to unnecessarily add extra stress.

Rocky Mengle
Senior Tax Editor,

Rocky is a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, he worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky has a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.