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My ex wife is going to remarry she has asked that i agree to

continue to pay spousal maintenance...
My ex wife is going to remarry she has asked that i agree to continue to pay spousal maintenance for a few more months after she remarries. The divorce decree states that i don't have to pay after she remarries. If I agree to pay after the marriage can i still write of the payments on my taxes?
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Unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Code allows alimony to be deductible only if it ends upon the death or remarriage of the former spouse. So if you continue to pay the alimony after she remarries, it is not deductible for you (and not income to her). It would be construed as a gift.

 

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