Divorce Transfers and Settlements (2 hrs)

Course Description

Divorce Transfers & Settlements – 2 hrs. CPE

Participants will learn how to apply, implement, and evaluate the strategic tax aspects of marital dissolutions and living together arrangements. Current perspectives on property transfers and asset divisions are examined with an emphasis on planning considerations. This mini-course reviews property settlements and other transfers incident to divorce. Basis allocation, third party transfers and purchases between spouses are also examined. Common pitfalls for the unwary such as transfers in trust, installment notes, and purchases between spouses are analyzed. Application of these tax principles is exampled in selected asset divisions of the residence, business interests, insurance, and pension benefits.

Course Information

Price: $33
Course No. M230
Format: Online pdf (63 pages). Printed book available.
Prerequisites: General understanding of federal income taxation
Advance Preparation:None
Level: Overview
CPE Credit: 2 hrs.
Field of Study: Taxes
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: January 2017

Objectives

Learning Assignments & Objectives

At the start of the materials, participants should identify the following topics for study:
* Property rights
* Premarital agreements
* Application of §1031
* Incident to divorce
* Property basis
* Purchases of residence between spouses
* Purchases of business interests between spouses
* Selected asset divisions of residence & business interests
* Real & personal property
* Pension benefits
Learning Objectives
After reading the materials, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the various forms of marital property and how to proceed with a tax structured property settlement noting the benefits of premarital agreements to avoid potential divorce problems.
2. Recognize property settlements under §1041 by:
a. identifying its application to interspousal and third party transfers,
b. specifying the factors that determine whether or not a property transfer is incident to divorce under §1041,
c. determining property basis for the transferor and transferee spouse under §1041.
3. Identify remedies for the deferred tax pitfall of §1041 by:
a. determining deferred tax liability of interspousal purchases,
b. recognizing the tax deferral of §1031 exchanges,
c. specifying the key elements of the home sale exclusion and stating their application;
d. recognizing benefit distribution problems and the tax advantages of QDROs.
After studying the materials, answer the exam questions 1 to 10.

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