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Is Alimony paid to a spouse tax deductable (on a Sched A )

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Is Alimony paid to a spouse tax deductable (on a Sched A?) and how much of it (does it max out)?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 7 years ago.
Hello Hippo,

You claim your deduction for alimony payments directly on line 31 of Form 1040. You do not need to itemize your deductions on Schedule A in order to deduct alimony from your taxable income.

There is no limit on the amount you may deduct, as long as the payments are classified as alimony and not child support. You must also provide the name and SS number of the person you make the alimony payments to, as the IRS will be checking their return to make sure they report the same amount as taxable income.

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