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reapea1
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I get paid alimony, but per my divorce decree it is nontaxable. Do I need to claim on my tax return?

 
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macuser_22
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I get paid alimony, but per my divorce decree it is nontaxable. Do I need to claim on my tax return?

Per IRS Pub 504 page 16

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p504.pdf

Payments designated as not alimony. You and your spouse can designate that otherwise qualifying payments are not alimony. You do this by including a provision in your divorce or separation instrument that states the payments are not deductible as alimony by you and are excludable from your spouse's income. For this purpose, any instrument (written statement) signed by both of you that makes this designation and that refers to a previous written separation agreement is treated as a written separation agreement (and therefore a divorce or separation instrument). If you are subject to temporary support orders, the designation must be made in the original or a later temporary support order.


Your spouse can exclude the payments from income only if he or she attaches a copy of the instrument designating them as not alimony to his or her return. The copy must be attached each year the designation applies.



**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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