Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ryznar: "Alimony in Tax Reform"

Margaret Ryznar has posted to SSRN Alimony in Tax Reform, Tax Notes, Vol. 157, No. 11, pp. 1629-1631, December 2017. Here is the abstract:

The proposed changes to the current tax treatment of alimony do not take family law into account and would have the unintended effect of reducing alimony transfers. Although the current tax treatment of alimony has a substantial influence over matters of family law, its impact on the public fisc is small. If the goal of the proposed modifications is to preserve revenue, enforcement of section 71 is a better approach than denying special tax treatment to alimony.

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