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I am a citizen of the USA living in Germany, my ex-wife

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Customer: Hi! I am a citizen of the USA living in Germany, my ex-wife lives in the USA as well as 2 kids - 19 and 16 yo. I am interested whether I can get tax deduction for the alimony and child support that I pay?
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Customer: In the USA I would receive tax deduction for the total sum of the alimony and child support. But what if I am living in Germany? Will I have deduction for the total sum of the alimony+childs support or for some part of it only?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Barbara replied 10 months ago.

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

Child support is not deductible.

Amounts paid under divorce or separate maintenance decrees or written separation agreements entered into between you and your spouse or former spouse are considered alimony for federal tax purposes if:

  • You and your spouse or former spouse do not file a joint return with each other
  • You pay in cash (including checks or money orders)
  • The payment is received by (or on behalf of) your spouse or former spouse
  • The divorce or separate maintenance decree or written separation agreement does not say the payment is not alimony
  • If legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, you and your former spouse are not members of the same household when you make the payment
  • You have no liability to make the payment (in cash or property) after the death of your spouse or former spouse, and
  • Your payment is not treated as child support or a property settlement

The following link contains additional information you will find helpful:

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc452.html

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Thank you and best regards,

Barb

Expert:  Barbara replied 10 months ago.

Just following up with you to see if I can assist you further. If so, please let me know.

Best regards,

Barb

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