Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Payments made by an individual to his former wife were not deductible as alimony under Code Sec. 215. The payments were not required by the couple's divorce agreement, which specifically stated that neither party was obligated to pay maintenance to the other party. An untitled single-page document that ordered the taxpayer to pay his ex-wife amounts related to his pension plan was incomplete and not explained at trial; therefore, the document was not probative. The Tax Court did, however, comment that its holding only referred to the year at issue, and that the taxpayer could ask a local court for a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) with respect to the monthly payments of a portion of his pension.

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