TMFPMarti: "I can't imagine how to make an impending divorce more contentious than asking the IRS to get involved. For the $8000 difference, I might be better off just claiming all the income. You really need to hire an advisor who knows Texas property law to help you on this. According to Pub 555 it may be possible to disregard the default community property treatment of earnings, but there are specific requirements. I don't think we have any Texas tax pros who frequent the board."Not a tax pro and not offering any advice.Texas Familuy Code covers Texas Community Property:http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.3.htmSec. 3.001. SEPARATE PROPERTY. A spouse's separate property consists of: (1) the property owned or claimed by the spouse before marriage;(2) the property acquired by the spouse during marriage by gift, devise, or descent; and(3) the recovery for personal injuries sustained by the spouse during marriage, except any recovery for loss of earning capacity during marriage.Sec. 3.002. COMMUNITY PROPERTY. Community property consists of the property, other than separate property, acquired by either spouse during marriage.Sec. 3.003. PRESUMPTION OF COMMUNITY PROPERTY. (a) Property possessed by either spouse during or on dissolution of marriage is presumed to be community property.(b) The degree of proof necessary to establish that property is separate property is clear and convincing evidence.Sec. 3.004. RECORDATION OF SEPARATE PROPERTY. (a) A subscribed and acknowledged schedule of a spouse's separate property may be recorded in the deed records of the county in which the parties, or one of them, reside and in the county or counties in which the real property is located.(b) A schedule of a spouse's separate real property is not constructive notice to a good faith purchaser for value or a creditor without actual notice unless the instrument is acknowledged and recorded in the deed records of the county in which the real property is located.. . .Sec. 3.101. MANAGING SEPARATE PROPERTY. Each spouse has the sole management, control, and disposition of that spouse's separate property.Sec. 3.102. MANAGING COMMUNITY PROPERTY. (a) During marriage, each spouse has the sole management, control, and disposition of the community property that the spouse would have owned if single, including:(1) personal earnings;(2) revenue from separate property;(3) recoveries for personal injuries; and(4) the increase and mutations of, and the revenue from, all property subject to the spouse's sole management, control, and disposition.(b) If community property subject to the sole management, control, and disposition of one spouse is mixed or combined with community property subject to the sole management, control, and disposition of the other spouse, then the mixed or combined community property is subject to the joint management, control, and disposition of the spouses, unless the spouses provide otherwise by power of attorney in writing or other agreement.(c) Except as provided by Subsection (a), community property is subject to the joint management, control, and disposition of the spouses unless the spouses provide otherwise by power of attorney in writing or other agreement.. . . . .Good Luck.Regards, JAFODisclaimerYes, I am a lawyer, BUT THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE; it is only general information. NO CLIENT RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED TO BE CREATED, NOR IS ANY SUCH RELATIONSHIP SO CREATED. FOR SPECIFIC LEGAL ADVICE YOU SHOULD TALK TO A LAWYER IN YOUR AREA.
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