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this question is for a family law attorney concerning tax deductions.

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this question is for a family law attorney concerning tax deductions. For now I just need to know if family law fees are tax deductible, if so how do I submit my deduction on the schedule "A" FORM 1040?

Thanks much.

Robin D. :

Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you today. I am a tax adviser with over 15 years of experience.
The ability to deduct would depend on the legal matter under Family Law that is being handled.

Robin D. :

If this is for a divorce, then no, unfortunately, personal expenses for legal are not allowed as a deduction.

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Legal fees are allowed when connected with taxable income.

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The portion of legal fees specifically paid to collect alimony that is taxable can be included, just like the cost of preparing the return, with the other itemized deductibles on Schedule A of Form 1040. The place to claim the fees is on the Schedule A line for “other expenses.”

Robin D. :

The actual cost of a divorce is not allowed.

Robin D. :

Adoptions have their own credits and the fees are not shown on the Schedule A.

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So it really depends on the legal issue itself first.

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Customer:

First, Thanks for your ptompt response. I thik the part of the divorce that deals with spousal support is the only part I will claim, just to be on the safe side in within IRS guidelines.

Customer:

Thanks much.

Robin D. :

Good as that would be the only portion allowed.

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