Some Divorce Legal Expenses Are Tax Deductible

You may be able to deduct some legal fees associated with your Utah divorce on your tax returns.

While you cannot deduct all legal fees associated with your divorce, some deductible costs (this is not an exhaustive list) may include:

  • legal fees paid for tax advice in connection with a divorce and legal fees to get alimony;
  • fees you pay to appraisers, actuaries, and accountants for services in determining your correct tax or in helping to get alimony;

Some deductions are applicable for tax advice on federal, state, or local taxes of all types, including income, estate, gift, inheritance, and property taxes.  So for example, if you have a lawyer that consults a second lawyer specifically on tax issues, you may be able to deduct the cost of the second lawyer.

If you have one attorney that is handling the whole divorce and that attorney gives you tax advice and the attorney statement or fees are separated you may be able to deduct the tax advice, though not all of that attorney’s fees charged for the entire divorce action.

You may be able to deduct the portion of attorney fees you pay to obtain an alimony. You may also be able to deduct legal fees you pay to collect alimony once it’s ordered.

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