For many people, getting a divorce means a change in tax filing status.
On top of filing taxes differently after a
divorce, some people go through name changes. These changes need to be properly
documented with the Social Security Administration so that your tax documents
can be filed.
Without a name that matches your Social Security number, your taxes returns
could be delayed, and get quite complicated. That's why it is important
to understand how your taxes will change after a divorce. Many times,
tax filing information can be included in a divorce decree so each person
knows how their divorce will change their filing and who will be paying what.
If you get a name change after a divorce, you will have to fill out an
SS-5 form with the Social Security Administration. This form, entitled
Application for a Social Security Card, will allow the administration
to issue you a new Social Security Card with your new name and same Social
Once you have this, you can accurately file your taxes with the IRS. This
change with the Social Security Administration is key in making sure your
name matches your number allowing the IRS computers to find and file your
tax return. It might be wise to speak with a divorce attorney and an accountant
regarding changes to your tax situation. An attorney might be able to
help word your divorce decree so there aren't any surprises once it
is time to file taxes.
Source: Patch, "5 Tips for Recently Married or Divorced Taxpayers With a Name Change," Jan. 30, 2012