Alimony Deduction Saved? The Senate Has Your Back – Maybe

By: Bruce E. Friedman

We recently posted that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax reform bill that eliminates the tax deduction for alimony (maintenance), meaning that the recipient of maintenance would not need to report those payments as income and the payor of maintenance would not receive those payments as an above-the-line tax deduction.

Historically, maintenance payments (called alimony in the Internal Revenue Code) are deductible by the payor and taxable to the recipient.

In the tax bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week, however, unlike the House’s version, this deduction is not eliminated. It therefore remains unclear whether the elimination of the alimony deduction will become law.

Why is this important?

Since maintenance is paid from the higher income spouse to the lower income spouse, the deduction helps to create greater disposable income for the family and aids in the settlement of maintenance issues. The loss of the deduction may well make settlement more difficult, since the higher earning spouse will no longer receive a tax break for the payments, thereby impacting that person’s disposable income, and it may change the way in which courts in Missouri calculate maintenance payments.

Now we must wait to see how the House and Senate reconcile this issue.

The Family Law attorneys at PCB are keeping a close eye on this important issue. If you have any questions, please contact any one of our Family Law attorneys.

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Bruce E. Friedman

Bruce E. Friedman

With over 30 years of practice, family law attorney Bruce E. Friedman has provided guidance in complex financial issues including high net worth individuals, business valuations, and maintenance. Mr. Friedman provides other services such as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and domestic partnership agreements. He is listed in Best Lawyers for his practice.
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