Divorcees keeping an eye on GOP plan to cut alimony tax deduction

Mitch McConnell, John Thune, John Cornyn
In this Oct. 17, 2017, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, announces to reporters that the Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party’s drive to cut taxes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A congressional proposal to eliminate the tax deduction for alimony is generating concerns about higher taxes for men and less spousal support for women. That’s pushing some soon-to-be ex-spouses to try to get their cases resolved before the changes would take effect Jan. 1.

The House Republican tax reform plan would ditch the deduction, and alimony recipients would no longer be taxed on the payments they receive. Lawyers say the result could be higher taxes for alimony payers and less money available for them to pay alimony.

The changes only would apply to divorces finalized after 2017, but could affect existing divorce agreements modified after this year.

Republicans are expected to push the tax legislation through the House on Thursday. The Senate tax proposal wouldn’t change current alimony tax law.

Lawyers say eliminating the tax deduction could make difficult divorce negotiations worse.

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