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#1 of 11 Old 02-17-2012, 06:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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?

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Nope. The payer claims it as income. You don't.
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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?  

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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.

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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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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.



 

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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.


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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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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.



 

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

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

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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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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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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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