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Alimony Expenses


Payments made by a person to a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation agreement are tax deductible if: 1) The alimony is paid under a decree of divorce or legal separation agreement, written separation agreement, or a decree of support. (Voluntary payments are not tax deductible); 2) The agreement must provide for cash payments. Child support payments not tax deductible;  You must disclose the Social Security number of your former spouse on the return unless the spouse does not have one and then you should attach a statement explaining the reason for not having social security number , to use it in your tax return, please click here.
 
 
Failure to disclose the social security number of the former spouse may result in disallowing the tax deduction and a $50 tax penalty. Where do I report Alimony Paid Tax Deduction? Alimony is no an itemized deductions and claimed on Line 31a of IRS tax Form 1040.
 
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