If you are required to pay alimony, the amount you are responsible for isn’t accounted into your taxable income. This means your tax liability is lowered, and you will likely owe less in taxes. You are required to follow certain criteria in order to have your alimony deducted from your taxable income. They are:
- All payments must be made by check cash or money order
- You cannot reside in the same house as your spouse
- Payments made after your ex either passes away or remarries do not qualify for exclusion because you don’t need to K alimony at that point
- Monies paid cannot be for child support
If your spouse pays alimony to you, you’re required to report the income on your taxes. You’ll also have to give your former spouse your social security number, which is needed to claim any alimony payments at tax time.
Unlike alimony payments, child support payments don’t directly affect your taxes. Child support is not able to be deducted from taxable income. All of your income will be reported normally, as subtraction of child support payment amounts are not necessary.
You do not have to report your payments on any specific tax form for either alimony or child support.
Although you don’t get a credit for paying child support, you may be able to claim the child as a dependent because you are paying for the child.