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Every stage of life has its own financial needs and concerns. The life events on this page can help you target the key financial strategies and issues that are likely to be most important to you in this stage of your life.

Starting Out    Changing Jobs    Coping with Unemployment    Getting Married    Starting a Family    Buying a Home    Saving for College    Starting a Business    Planning/Saving for Retirement    Managing College Expenses    Long-Term Care Planning    Planning an Estate    Planning for Business Succession    Nearing Retirement/Retirement    Caring for an Aging Parent    Loss of Spouse    Financial Windfall    Getting Divorced   
 
Remarriage with Children: Income Tax Considerations
Remarriage with Children: Income Tax Considerations

Alimony payments:

Pre-2019 divorce

  • Usually must be included in the gross income of the recipient
  • Can be deducted by the payer (if all requirements are met)
  • The divorce agreement may designate alimony as nontaxable and nondeductible

Post-2018 divorce

  • Not included in the gross income of the recipient
  • Can't be deducted by the payer

Marrying someone with children from a prior relationship can create a variety of income tax questions. Here are some points to consider.

Child support payments:

  • Ordinarily considered nontaxable income of the recipient
  • Are not deductible by the payer

Medical expenses deduction:

  • Custody of the child isn't required
  • Claiming the child as a dependent isn't required (although you must be eligible to claim the child as a dependent)
  • Medical expenses are only deductible as an itemized deduction on Schedule A, Form 1040, to the extent they exceed 7.5% (10% in 2019) of adjusted gross income (AGI) on the tax return

Child and dependent care credit:

  • Can only be claimed by the custodial parent
  • Must be for child-care expenses incurred so you can work
  • Can claim, if qualified, even if you're not claiming the child as a dependent because you release the right to claim the child to the noncustodial parent

Child (and additional child) tax credit:

  • Can claim, if qualified, for a child you claim as a dependent
  • Custody of the child isn't required

Education tax credits:

  • You must be claiming the child as a dependent
  • You must have paid qualified tuition and/or related expenses


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