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IRS targets adoptive parents for tax audits

Federal tax law currently allows a tax credit for a portion of adoption expenses, for the purpose of encouraging adoption. A new report, however, says the IRS targeted 70 percent of all families claiming that adoption tax credit in 2012 for the onerous burden of a tax audit. A full 90 percent of such families faced some additional scrutiny of their returns. To put matters in perspective, only one percent of tax returns overall are selected for audits.

Some tips for those considering a divorce

If your life is such that you are considering a dissolution of marriage, there are a number of things that you may want to consider. The first is that it is very important to make your decisions after getting all the possible information you can. You may want to consult with an attorney, even if you haven't made a final decision yet. An attorney can ensure that you are informed of your rights, obligations and any preparations you may need to make. You can be advised about the divorce laws in your state, court costs, attorneys' fees, and the ins and outs of child support, custody, visitation, property division and spousal support.

Divorce, credit cards, and debt, Oh my!

The old folk wisdom is that there is nothing inevitable except death and taxes. In the contemporary U.S., however, you would probably have to add debt to that list. Most people have credit cards and many run up substantial debts on them. So the issue arises, in the event of a divorce, is a person liable for their ex-spouse's credit card debt?

Divorcing couples should discuss children's college funds

When a couple is getting a divorce, there are a myriad of things to discuss and decide, ranging from where each is going to live to a whole host of financial issues such as spousal maintenance, child support, responsibility for existing debts, tax issues and property division. One issue that all too often seems to be neglected is planning for their minor children's college future.

Dealing with debt and divorce

In addition to dividing up assets during a divorce, spouses need to untangle the web of debt that they incurred together. When both names are on a credit card or other form of loan, then both spouses generally share liability. But, what if a credit card is in just one spouse's name? Or what if the spouse owns a business and the credit cards have been issued to that business? These are the type of complex issues that can arise during the divorce process.

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