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I have been divorced years. Part of the divorce decree

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I have been divorced for 18 years. Part of the divorce decree states that spouse will receive 42.5% of my military retirement. I have sent her portion of the retirement by check for 18 years. I have had to send an explanation to the IRS explaining that a portion of the military retirement has been awarded to my ex-spouse and I have deducted it from my overall retirement pay. I received a letter from the IRS for 2013 and they stated I owed addition taxes because I did not claim the additional amount on my retirement pay. THis time they did not accept it, I sent copies of divorce decree that indicates her portion. I contacted DFAS to have them start sending the money directed to the my ex-spouse so that she can receive a 1099 each and every year. DFAS stated that I was not allowed to initiate this and the ex-Spouse must initiate it. I forwarded the required paperwork to the ex-spouse and she refuses to sign and send it to DFAS. For now, IRS wants me to pay the full taxes on my military retirement and I have filed paperwork for tax court to have this reviewed and overturned. What are my alternatives?? Thank YOu
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?
Customer: This is Tennessee
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, just have been working with my accountant so far
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: I have all cancelled checks that I have sent her, showing proof she has been receiving the money.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 3 months ago.

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