Can I deduct alimony I paid to my ex-spouse?
You can deduct alimony paid to a former spouse as long the divorce or separation agreement is executed by December 31, 2018.
Alimony payments resulting from agreements executed after that date can no longer be deducted due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that Congress signed into law on December 22, 2017. The same holds true for agreements modified after 2018 if the new version specifically states that the TCJA treatment of nondeductible alimony payments now applies.
To enter your alimony payments:
- Open (continue) your return in TurboTax.
- Inside the program, search for alimony paid and then click the "Jump to" link in the search results.
- Answer Yes on the Alimony Paid to a Former Spouse screen and follow the onscreen instructions.
Unlike alimony payments, you can't deduct child support. Read more