Alimony Tax Deductions
Below are guidelines and tips on alimony tax
deductions. Alimony paid is tax deductible for the person who
paid the alimony whereas alimony received is considered income
and has to be reported on the 1040 tax form as taxable
Is alimony tax deductible?
Alimony you paid is tax deductible on your
tax return. You can claim alimony tax deductions even if you
are not itemizing deductions on your tax return.
How to deduct alimony paid?
In order to claim tax deductions on alimony
you paid, you must file the IRS tax form 1040, and not 1040-EZ
or 1040A. You can only claim the alimony tax deductions on the
full 1040 tax form.
To claim the alimony tax deductions, enter
the amount of alimony you paid on the line that
says 'Alimony Paid' under adjusted gross income. You must
also enter the alimony recipient's (spouse's) social
How to claim tax deductions on alimony paid
to more than one person?
If a taxpayer paid alimony to more the one
person in the tax year, only one social security number of the
recipients needs to be reported on the Alimony paid section of
the tax form 1040. Then on an attached statement, write down
the social security number and the amount of alimony paid to
each person. Then sum up the total amount of alimony paid and
enter it in the front of the tax form 1040 under 'Alimony
What happens if I don't have my spouse's
social security number?
If you are claiming alimony tax deductions
but do not have your spouse's or the alimony
recipient's social security number, then the IRS may fine
you $50 for the penalty of not having complete information when
claiming alimony tax deductions and your alimony tax
deductions claim may be disallowed by the IRS.