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Alimony Taxes and Tax Deductions

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Alisson Ward

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Alimony Taxes and Tax Deductions

What is Alimony?

Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is a financial arrangement established following a divorce or separation. It involves one spouse providing financial support to the other, typically the lower-earning spouse, with the aim of helping them maintain a similar standard of living to what they enjoyed during the marriage. Alimony can take various forms, including temporary, rehabilitative, and permanent alimony, each serving a unique purpose in addressing the financial needs of the parties involved.

How It Used to Work

Historically, alimony had distinct tax implications for both the payer and the recipient:

  • Payer Deduction: The spouse making alimony payments could deduct those payments from their taxable income. This deduction often provided significant tax relief to the payer.
  • Recipient Taxation: On the flip side, the spouse receiving alimony had to report it as taxable income.

Alimony Tax Reform

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which went into effect in 2019, brought significant changes to the taxation of alimony:

  • Payer’s Deduction Eliminated: Under TCJA, the payer of alimony can no longer deduct these payments from their taxable income. This change was implemented for divorces finalized after December 31, 2018.
  • Recipient’s Taxation Remains: The recipient of alimony is still required to report it as taxable income. This aspect of alimony taxation remains unchanged.


Alimony taxes and deductions are critical considerations in divorce proceedings, and recent changes in tax laws have altered the landscape. While alimony payers can no longer deduct payments, recipients must still report them as taxable income. To navigate these changes and ensure a fair outcome for both parties, professional guidance from Priority Tax Relief can be invaluable. We specialize in untangling the complexities of alimony taxation, providing expert advice, tax planning, and compliance support. When it comes to alimony tax matters, trust Priority Tax Relief to help you achieve financial clarity and peace of mind during a challenging time.

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