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Does child support count as income received as far as taxes go?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I think the title pretty much says it all. :) I do mean receiving child support. Do I need to count that as income on my taxes?

post #2 of 11
Nope. The payer claims it as income. You don't.
post #3 of 11

No the payer cannot deduct and you don't claim it as income.  However is it written in your divorce decree that you are awarded CS?  

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yes, but I have gotten very little. He's many thousands of dollars behind. Still, last year, on threat of arrest he actually paid some, so I'm not sure if this is something I claim.

post #5 of 11

You don't claim it but you have a right to use the kids as a deduction and does not in this situation.  There should be a place for it on the forms but it's not considered taxable. 

 

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Originally Posted by Mama Soltera View Post

Yes, but I have gotten very little. He's many thousands of dollars behind. Still, last year, on threat of arrest he actually paid some, so I'm not sure if this is something I claim.



 

post #6 of 11

I didn't even find any place to list it when I did my taxes, but I need to double check.   You do have to pay taxes on spousal support, though, and the payer gets to deduct it.

post #7 of 11


Honestly I found that odd this year.  Last year there was a place for my untaxable income and in all the places I've done my taxes this year... yes not done, there are not spots for it.  hmmmm....
 

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Originally Posted by rubelin View Post

I didn't even find any place to list it when I did my taxes, but I need to double check.   You do have to pay taxes on spousal support, though, and the payer gets to deduct it.



 

post #8 of 11

Child support is not taxable and does not need to be listed on the tax return.  It's not income. 

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much! You've been very helpful. :)

post #10 of 11

There's no place for nontaxable income?  Geez... All our income is nontaxable... so what am I supposed to do now?  =/

post #11 of 11

I don't know tiqa, I've got quite a bit of non taxable income and according to the VA website I'm supposed to add that to my tax forms.  I called the IRS friday and didn't get much help... usually they're pretty helpful though. 
 

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Originally Posted by tiqa View Post

There's no place for nontaxable income?  Geez... All our income is nontaxable... so what am I supposed to do now?  =/



 

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