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Per IRS Publication 504 Divorced or Separated Individuals, page 13:

Alimony is a payment to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument. It does not include voluntary payments that are not made under a divorce or separation instrument.

Alimony is deductible by the payer, and the recipient must include it in income. Although this discussion generally is written for the payer of the alimony, the recipient also can use the information to determine whether an amount received is alimony.

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Caution Amounts paid as alimony or separate maintenance payments under a divorce or separation agreement executed after 2020 won't be deductible by the payer. Such amounts also won't be includible in the income of the recipient.


To enter alimony received in the TaxAct program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal (on smaller devices, click in the top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click the Other Income dropdown, then click Alimony received.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter your information.

To enter alimony paid in the TaxAct program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal (on smaller devices, click in the top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click the Other Adjustments dropdown, then click Alimony paid.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter your information.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the webpage or document at the time it is accessed.


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