Luscombe suggested a number of areas where a tax practitioner’s expertise may be particularly useful to the newlyweds
- Depending on the newlyweds’ financial situation, there may be pros and cons to filing jointly or separately.
- If either spouse’s name will change on the tax return, a matching change should be registered with the Social Security Administration.
- All sorts of employee benefits – most obviously health care insurance – are extended to spouses, which can mean making some complicated choices.
- With the potential for a new filing status, new dependents, and maybe two income streams, it makes sense to review the newlyweds’ W-4 and check if they’re withholding too little or too much.
- Is the happy couple using a charitable organization’s facilities for their wedding or reception? Or are they donating any wedding leftovers?
- Given how expensive weddings have become – the average event cost around $35,000, according to Wolters Kluwer – if parents or grandparents paid for expenses related to the special day, there may be gift tax issues.
- Extra items from wedding vendors – a “free” tuxedo, extra flower arrangements, or the like – and other special deals may have tax consequences.