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- Click on Deductions and Credits
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- On Alimony Paid, click the start or update button
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Alimonies for divorces and separations finalized after 2018 are no longer taxable or deductible.
Yes. The alimony deduction is an adjustment to income, which is an "above the line" deduction. You are allowed the alimony deduction, regardless of whether you claim the standard deduction or itemized deductions. That is, the alimony deduction is in addition to either the standard deduction or itemized deductions, not part of them.
That did not change with the 2018 tax law.
For divorce is that occurred before January 1, 2019, alimony is still deductible by the payer and taxable income to the receiver. For divorces that occurred after December 31, 2018, alimony is not deductible or taxable. If you have a pre-2019 divorce that is modified after January 1, 2019, the parties have the option of keeping the alimony deductible and taxable, or of changing to the new rule.