Tax on alimony

Yep alimony received is taxed and alimony paid is tax deductible to the payor…sucks, but true. I had mine written in the separation agreement as property settlement rather than alimony so I wouldn’t have to pay taxes on it…

Is this the same for PSS?

I’m really not sure. I received a lump sum settlement when the separation agreement was finally signed as well as a monthly check for the next 10 years, but it was all called property settlement so that I wouldn’t have to pay taxes on it and he would get no deductions for it.

Dear rummy:

Greetings. Let’s see what we can tell you:

  1. Yes, alimony is generally taxable to the recipient, even if you are not working. The document that granted you alimony should inform you whether or not it is taxable. You may also want to contact your tax preparer to determine what your tax consequences are.

  2. Please consult your tax prepared on this.

  3. Yes, post separation support has the same tax consequences that alimony does. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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I reside in NC and am going thru divorce. I’m a dependent spouse and I am currently unemployed.
1)If I receive alimony, do I have to pay tax on alimony even if I don’t get a job?
2)What is the tax on alimony and how is it calculated?
3)Is there a tax on post separation support too?

Thanks in advance.