Do I have to pay tax on child support payments I
No, you don't have to
report child support payments received on your tax return. Child support payments are neither taxable to the
recipient on his/her tax return, nor
tax deductible by the payer on his/her tax return. Any alimony payments that include an element of child support
payments are not taxable on your tax return as to
the child support payments element.
If tax deductible alimony payments include an element of
child support payments and partial payments are made the payments must be credited first to the
non tax deductible child support payments.
information about child support payments
IRS publications about child support payments: For additional information about child support payments, see Tax
422, Nontaxable Income, or IRS Publication 525, Taxable and
Nontaxable Income. See IRS Publication
17, Your Federal Income Tax.
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