The families of yesteryear are slowly fading from predominance in American culture and reality. No longer do the vast majority of American families resemble the atomic family from the 1950’s. Debt has reshaped the American family landscape. With that reshaping, there has also been a reshaping of finances in the modern American family. Most families usually require and have multiple financial accounts to keep track of varying financial responsibilities and as result, complicated tax filings every year. Even though families have complex financial circumstances, many families do not plan as well as they should.
According to the IRS, around 17 percent of taxes are unpaid every year. One common thing in all these families is that only 20 percent of couples discuss financial matters before they tie the knot. Since families can have complicated finances that may include child support, financial planning is even more important to those families.
There are a few things a family should consider when dealing with tax issues. They should develop an agreement on finances and create a tax plan specific to their situation. There is no one size fits all financial plan. Families should also consider hiring a tax lawyer in New Jersey to help with planning and to review possible issues. Finally, all families should develop realistic budgets and be aware that tax debt can result in long-term problems.