Family Law

Family Law News 2017, Issue 1, Volume 39, No. 1

Getting to Know Tax Returns

Leslie Dawson, CPA

Leslie O. Dawson is the owner of the Dawson CPA Firm in Walnut Creek, California. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Valuation analyst (CVA), a Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and is Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV). She has more than 30 years of experience in public and private accounting. She is involved with the California Society of CPAs, currently serving as chair of the annual "Tax Issues In Divorce Mini-Conference." She has served as chair of the statewide Family Law Section and the statewide Family Law Conference (2000). She has also served in various charitable and civic organizations, including being appointed in 2011 to a task force for the City of Walnut Creek to develop recommendations for fiscal policies.

Because I am a CPA, family law attorneys frequently ask me to help them interpret tax returns. What information do they provide, and how can it be interpreted? In this article, I will discuss some of the information one can obtain about property and income from a tax return.

Obtaining the Returns: How Far Back?

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