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It is important to understand child support during tax time


Parents in Massachusetts understand that many of their life choices revolve around their children, and during these times effective communication with their spouse is important. When parents split and divorce, this can naturally complicate communication between them. Still, communication is important, espeically when it comes to child support.

Tax time is a period of time when financial records and child support become particularly important, especially since child support plays in to very critical tax exemptions and credits. Even if divorced parents believe that they have the checked the right boxes and inserted the correct numbers, there could be a huge misconnect between parents.

Ex-spouses should attempt to clear the air and exhibit proper communication skills during this time. This could avoid unmatched numbers or both parents claiming the same child for an exemption for dependency. Such things could lead to complex issues and even serious disputes causing hardships for the ex-spouses and even the children involved.

When it comes to filing out tax information about child support, divorced parents should understand what information is needed and then communicate with their ex about how each of their returns should look. Even if an ex is not acting maliciously and the communication channels are open, those that are misinformed could make serious mistakes. Rules can be confusing and unintentional mistakes can be made.

Those dealing with child support issues should be sure they understand their situation. Ensuring that they are receiving the necessary support they seek as well as avoiding future tax complications is in the best interest of the parents and their children. It is important they receive guidance and advice if they seek to enforce or modify a child support agreement.

Source: The Buffalo News, "Communication is key for estranged couples at tax time," Time Grant, Feb. 3, 2014

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