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Changes coming soon in how alimony is taxed following a divorce

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law late last year made significant changes to the way alimony payments will be handled. These changes will have a major impact on those couples getting a divorce in Texas or elsewhere around the country. The changes will affect those people whose divorces will be final in 2019. However, some parties may need to act quickly if they live in a state that requires a longer waiting period to finalize a divorce.

Currently, the spouse who pays alimony is able to deduct those payments on his or her income taxes. The recipient of the alimony now pays taxes on that amount. However, this will change as of the end of 2018. The deduction for the payer will no longer be allowed, and the person receiving alimony payments will not have to pay taxes any longer.

Texas has a 60-day waiting period before a divorce becomes final. However, there are some states that have longer waiting periods. For example, there is a six-month waiting period in California to finalize a divorce. In situations like that, couples would need to act now to make sure everything was completed before the end of the year.

Emotions can run high when a couple decides to end a marriage. To ensure that everything is handled in a person's best interests, it is important to have an experienced advocate working on one's behalf. A knowledgeable Texas lawyer will work with clients during every phase of the divorce to achieve the best outcome in the proceedings.

Source: cnbc.com, "Act now if you want to keep this tax break when getting a divorce", Lorie Konish, May 31, 2018

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