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I cashed out my 401K because of hardship. I had to split the

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I cashed out my 401K because of hardship. I had to split the money with my exhusband as part of the divorce agreement. How can I show for income tax purposes that he got half so I dont have to claim 100% of my withdrawl as my income. He got half. what do I do?

Stephen E. Grizey :

Hi & thanks for using our service. I'll do my best to give you a complete & accurate answer. Please ask me to clarify anything you don't understand.

Stephen E. Grizey :

Usually when this happens, the trustee of the 401-k is notified and they pay the spouses share directly to the spouse.

Stephen E. Grizey :

Was your situation not handled this way?

Customer :

yes I paid him directly

Stephen E. Grizey :

You paid him, not the trustee of the 401-k?

Stephen E. Grizey :

Did you get the 1099-R?

Stephen E. Grizey :

for the whole thing with your ss#?

Customer :

yes I paid him. I did get a 1099-R. Something from Wells-fargo with the whole thing in my ss#.

Stephen E. Grizey :

OK, there's a couple ways to handle this; how are you doing your return, ie TurboTax, H&R etc. by hand, what?

Customer :

by hand.

Stephen E. Grizey :

ok, just a minute, I need to check a form............don't leave, brb

Stephen E. Grizey :

In your situation, the best way to do this is to put 100% of the distribution on line 16a & 1/2 of it on 16b (the taxable amount)

Stephen E. Grizey :

However, you need to attach a note referenced by an ** next to the taxable amount & in the note say :

Stephen E. Grizey :

Taxable amount determined based upon divorce decree; 1/2 of total distribution paid to XXXXX XXXXX SS#NNN-NN-NNNN/p>

Stephen E. Grizey :

That should do the trick, no guarantees; but the IRS computer should only match to 16a

Stephen E. Grizey :

If it kicks out; hopefully someone will check your note

Stephen E. Grizey :

However they may send you a computer notice & you'll have to send them all the same stuff again

Customer :

Sweet just a typed message to file with my tax return?

Stephen E. Grizey :

Because, it should have been handled through the trustee & then you would have each got a 1099 for your share.

Stephen E. Grizey :

Do you have the cancelled check from your ex-husband?

Customer :

Same stuff? u mean tax return or divorce papers. We did our divorce ourselves and yes I have the cancelled check.

Stephen E. Grizey :

who knows what they will want, but I meant the supporting statement

Stephen E. Grizey :

I was about to tell you to attach a copy of both sides of the cancelled check below that statement

Stephen E. Grizey :

All of this is an attempt to satisfy them before they send any notices

Customer :

well its a copy of the written check.

Stephen E. Grizey :

I presume that Mr. ex knows he has to pay taxes on this and isn't being a s--- about it?

Stephen E. Grizey :

Yes a copy of both sides of the written check..........

Stephen E. Grizey :

Both sides is important

Customer :

oh he is not being reasonable at all. I can get that from my bank

Stephen E. Grizey :

What you don't have the check............it one of those accounts where they don't return the checks?

Customer :

Yes

Stephen E. Grizey :

Well if you can get it without moving heaven & earth, do it, if not..........don't worry about it

Customer :

I think I can get it. thank you so much I dont feel so victimized.

Stephen E. Grizey :

OK so he's a pain..........just tell in writing.............a last "sweet" note as you call it.............that his name & social security number is XXXXX your tax return as receiving that payment............

Stephen E. Grizey :

If you want to shake him a little, just make out a 1099-R (you can get one at IRS.gov) & send it to him, with you as the payor

Stephen E. Grizey :

You don't actually have to file it with the IRS, but he doesn't need to know that

Customer :

sweet! I am gonna do just that. Thank you so much.

Stephen E. Grizey :

the idea is to put him notice so he can't play "Mickey the Dunce" later on..............

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Customer :

And he would. Thank you so much for all youradvice. And for the hope. Have a wonderful evening

Stephen E. Grizey :

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Customer :

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Stephen E. Grizey :

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Customer :

U got it! thanks again

Stephen E. Grizey :

U R Welcome

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