Is Alimony income?

Is your alimony considered income for which income taxes must paid (reported on income tax filing) if your ex also pays you child support? They both are used to support the children and our living expenses

Unfortunately yes. For federal income tax purposes, alimony is taxable to the recipient and deductible (an above the line deduction) to the payer.

Child support is not taxable.

Yes, alimony is considered as income for income tax purposes for the recipient. Alimony is deductible to the payor. This is true regardless of what the money is used for or if child support is also paid. If the payments are labeled as alimony, then it must be considered as income for the recipient.

Anna Ayscue

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