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Written by attorney Howard M Lewis

Taxes: Allocating Fees Between Tax and Non Tax Matters

Does your attorney's services include coun­seling on taxes? Remind the attorney to prepare a bill that breaks down deductible and nondeductible charges. That way, assuming you overcome the two percent hurdle, you are able to substantiate your deduction in the event of an audit. According to IRS Revenue Ruling 72-245, the agency will accept a lawyer's allocation of his or her fee between tax and nontax matters where the attorney allocates primarily on the basis of the amount of time attributable to each, the customary charge in the locality for similar services and the results obtained in the divorce negotiations.

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