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Tax Filing Status Changes and Divorce

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According to CPA David Kane, an area that should be looked at when a couple is going through a divorce is determining the most advantageous tax filing status. In the pre-divorce years, there are several different options available that will either reduce or increase your tax liability. The outcome is dependent upon which tax filing status you decide to use.

In the years prior to divorce, the options for tax filing are as follows:

  • Married but filing separately
  • Married but filing jointly
  • Head of Household

Once a couple has been legally separated or is actually divorced, the option will then be available to file under these statuses unless you get re-married.

  • Single
  • Head of Household

Your marital status is determined by state law andwhatever your marital status is on December 31st of the current year.

If you are in the midst of a divorce or are considering one, contact an experienced divorce attorney at Claery & Hammond, LLP to discuss how your divorce will affect your tax filing status. To arrange a consultation, please contact our office today!


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