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Is child support taxed?

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Is child support taxed?
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Is child support taxed?
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August 31, 2017
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Before May 1, 1997, payor parents could claim a deduction for making child support payments from their income when they filed their income tax returns. And, parents receiving child support payments paid taxes on child support as income.

Child support is no longer taxable. The current tax rules say that payor parents cannot claim a deduction for making child support on their taxes. And, parents receiving child support are not taxed on the child support they receive.

Child support always gets paid before spousal support.

Some legal fees for claiming child support are tax-deductible.

Tax rules for spousal support

The tax rules for spousal support are different than for child support.

The partner paying monthly spousal support can claim a tax deduction for making spousal support payments. And, the partner receiving monthly spousal support is taxed on the support payments they receive.

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