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Alimony third party Payment

I have a divorce decree in 2018, that includes alimony as a deduction to income. IN my divorce decree, I am responsible for 67% of my Childs college tuition and my ex-spouse is responsible for 33%. However in 2019, my ex-spouse did not pay any monies toward college tuition and I had to pay it all to keep my son in school. Can I deduct the $9,000 that I paid toward tuition that was my EX responsibility, as a third party payment and include it in the alimony deduction. 



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Level 15

Alimony third party Payment

No. Alimony is a specific identification item.  Extra tuition is just another form of child support and is not deductible. 

Side note: if your ex gets to claim the child as a dependent, she also gets to claim the tuition you paid to claim the education credit. 

Level 15

Alimony third party Payment

You can only claim tuition if you can claim the child as a dependent.  If you are not the custodial parent (where the child physically lived more than half of 2019) or have a signed 8332 form** releasing the dependent to you then you cannot claim the child or tuition.


**the 8332 form only applies to a minor child that has not become an adult in your state (age 18 in most states).  After then then the child must have lived with you to claim.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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