Reporting Alimony Received on Income Taxes

Alimony is a tricky issue in a divorce case.  Many people want it (or don’t want to pay it) but the tax implications of alimony are important to note and consider in the negotiation of your divorce settlement.  In general, alimony is taxable income to the recipient and is a deduction for the payor.

The Tax Girl, Kelly Phillips Erb, recently answered a question on her tax blog about claiming alimony on your income tax return.  It’s a quick and short read, but provides some good guidance on the importance of claiming alimony received on your income tax return even if that is the only income you had for the year.


  1. My ex-husband last saw our daughter sotmeime in 2002. Our marriage ended that year as well and he didn’t even show up for the court date either. He has called and harassed my job and co-workers in the past when I was unavailable to talk but left bogus phone numbers for me to return his call. Although he was granted visitations he has never taken advantage of them. I have an open case with the child support enforcement unit but he is constantly in LOCATE and he owes back support. We have no idea where he lives or anything about him. He has never been a part of my daughter’s life. I have remarried since then and my daughter only knows my husband as her dad. Just recently my ex-husband found me through Myspace and sent me an email stating that he was ready to be her dad again. Per our divorce decree I emailed him our contact information and it has been hell since then. He wants us to remove him from the legal system of collecting child support or else we will have hell to pay. He has already called CPS making false accusations of child abuse at home. The accusations are hurting my husband’s job and my daughter’s well being at school. They are untrue. I am thinking that I should pursue some sort of legal action, perhaps fight to have his parental rights to our daughter revoked through court, and I am willing to give up all wishes for child support. I want what is best for my daughter. I don’t think that it is in her best interest to be forced to get to know him if she does not know him, has not seen him, or associated with him for over 6 years. Can you give me any advice on what to do in my situation or a recommended family lawyer to help?Thank you, Ruby

  2. I’d venture that this article has saved me more time than any other.

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