If you are getting divorced, or recently were divorced, it is important to speak to an accountant regarding your tax situation. Note that the IRS considers you married if you were married on the last day of the year, and your divorce decree also provides for the award of tax credits and exemptions for children. Generally speaking, the transfer of property as provided in a divorce decree (distributing assets from bank accounts for example) is a tax free event, but proceeds from a home sale due to divorce are taxable.
As you can see many tax issues exist due to divorce, and it is worth the time and money to consult with a good accountant about these issues.
IRS Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals, is a great source of information (and surprisingly clearly written!) about tax topics.
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