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I was given a divorce summons by my wife while I was ...

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I was given a divorce summons by my wife while I was in Iraq. We had a rental & house with my name on the mortgage. She had/has a lot more money & property than I. After $35,000 defending myself we both agreed to just walk away. Since property & a rental was part of the marital property can I take any of the legal fees off my taxes?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 9 years ago.

Unfortunately - no.

Legal fees in connection with your divorce case are considered your personal expenses and may not be deducted. If you woul d be audited - the IRS will likely reject such deduction.

Only legal fees may be deducted that helped you to receive taxable income.

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