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Help, I am getting a divorce! What does this mean for my tax return?
Divorce goes hand in hand with arranging many different things. Think of the living situation that will change, besides there are often children involved. But also important: what are the consequences of divorce on your tax return? A divorce has a major impact on your fiscal situation.
Are you going to file a final tax return together in the year of the divorce? Or do you immediately file the tax return separately? What happens to my allowances? Am I entitled to this from now on and from when exactly? Understandably, these kinds of questions are running through your head. We are happy to help you on this page.
When will my tax partnership end?
Your tax partnership will come to an end as of the moment the request for divorce is submitted, and you are no longer registered at the same address.
However, it is possible to file a joint tax return one more time in the year of the divorce. Do you choose this? In this case, you will be seen as a tax partner throughout the year.
Is it advantageous to file the last tax return together?
Yes, usually, it is beneficial to file the tax return together. Because then, you may divide the income and deductions among yourselves, which can result in a tax advantage.
Would you like to file the last tax return together? The easiest way is to complete the tax return together. You can also complete the tax return separately, but then you must discuss in advance how you are going to divide the income and deductible items.
Do you not want to file tax returns together? That is also possible. In this case, everyone makes the declaration for themselves. Then from now on, you are no longer considered as tax partners for the entire year. If you own a house together, you both indicate that you own 50%. Also, you have to split the mortgage interest.
How will my divorce affect my benefits?
A divorce can affect your entitlement to benefits. In addition, it can be the case that you had an allowance partner before the divorce, and no longer after the divorce. In any case, it is important to keep the information in “MijnToeslagen” up-to-date. There is a chance that you will earn less or more. Adjust this in “MijnToeslagen” as soon as you know this.
Your allowance partnership will stop from the moment of the official application date for your divorce and the moving out in “MijnToeslagen”. When you have corresponded this, your allowance partnership will stop from the first month after the move.
It is also good to know that if the allowance is in your name, you are responsible for repaying the excess amount received. Have you received too little allowance? Then, the person in whose name the allowance is made will receive the remaining amount.
Do I have to change my provisional tax return?
The provisional tax return is based on your old tax situation. Therefore, it is necessary to change the provisional tax return. Then, it is suitable for your new tax situation. This way, you avoid receiving too little or too much tax.
Check the checklist!
The tax authorities have developed a helpful checklist that clarifies what you have to arrange. We recommend that you review this checklist. This way, you can be sure that you don’t miss anything.
Do you have any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you! Fill in our contact form or contact us on + 31 (0) 20 2170120.