If I claim my alimony payments on my taxes, does my ex have to file taxes if it’s under $12,000?

Jan 25, 2019

If I claim my alimony payments on my taxes, does my ex have to file taxes if it’s under $12,000?

First, I will assume that the divorce agreement was entered into prior to Dec. 31, 2018, making alimony payment a deduction and alimony received taxable income. Whether your ex receiving under $12,000 requires a return to be filed depends on many factors, such as whether he/she had other income, was claimed as a dependent on another person’s return, etc. Your ex needs to take his/her specific circumstances to a tax preparer for a definitive answer.

As a result of the tax law of 2017, any alimony paid pursuant to a divorce agreement signed on or after December 31, 2018, is not deductible, and alimony income is not taxable, making this a non-issue. This does not change alimony already established under a divorce agreement signed before December 31 2018.

For more resources, check out PICPA’s Money & Life Tips, Ask a CPA, or CPA Locator.

Answered by: Dafna Meltzer, CPA, is with Meltzer & Meltzer CPAs in Elkins Park, Pa.

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