Friday, April 16, 2021
Richmond hosts a panel discussion today on Financial Scars: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Tax Controversies at (registration):
This panel will explore how tax law relates to domestic violence. The panelists will detail the types of abuse that victims of domestic violence face and uncover the difficult situations and choices that victims face as a result of the abuse. Financial abuse is a major element of domestic violence that affects how victims may choose to act. As a result, tax law can contribute as a tool of the abuser, particularly when returns are filed jointly or children and assets are shared between victim and abuser. Tax obligations can be used to exercise control over or impose distress on victims. Therefore, advocates must consider how to counter these tax abuses when working with victims of domestic violence, and the panelists will detail the mechanisms within the tax law that can provide for relief for victims and how to work with victims on these complicated tax matters.