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Tax time - Child support question

Is child support considered part of my income? What about temporary spousal support (the money my ex was court ordered to pay until the divorce was complete and child support was ordered).

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:44 PM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • No you don't need to file the amount of your child support only actual income from jobs and employment. Also interest on accounts, gifts, etc. There should have been a decision made on who claims the child. If nothing was declared you can claim them and state head of household. You might want to find out if you need to file joint until the divorce is sealed. Good luck.
    chgomom

    Answer by chgomom at 3:47 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • child support is income but does not apply to filing for taxes but if you apply for PA then it is income
    alotleft2do

    Answer by alotleft2do at 3:48 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • I did find info online that you need to be legally separated or divorced.

    http://divorcesupport.about.com/od/childsupportresources/f/childsupp_tax.htm
    chgomom

    Answer by chgomom at 3:50 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • I've never been on PA, thanks.

    We've been divorced for almost a year, thanks.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 3:52 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Child support is not income, but spousal support is.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 3:52 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • I am the one who claims our DD, thanks.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 3:52 PM on Feb. 15, 2011

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