How is spousal support taxed?
Question & AnswerHow is spousal support taxed?
Check the amounts for spousal support and child support
Check your or to see if there are separate amounts for and .
Spousal support is tax-deductible for the support . The support payor can claim a deduction for making monthly spousal support payments, and the partner receiving support is taxed on the monthly spousal support they receive as income.
Child support is not taxable for the payor parent. The payor parent cannot claim a deduction for making child support payments, and parents receiving child support are not taxed on the child support they receive.
Your separation agreement or court order should clearly show:
- how much is paid for spousal support each month
- how much is paid for child support each month
If your separation agreement or court order shows only one amount for both types of support, the Canada Revenue Agency will treat the whole amount as child support.
This means the support payor cannot claim a deduction on their taxes for making monthly spousal support payments. And, the support recipient does not have to pay taxes on the monthly spousal support they receive.