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Does Spousal Support/alimony count as income?

lisalisa313lisalisa313 Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
I'm filling out the CSS/PROFILE, and there's a spot for child support, but I didn't see one for spousal support/alimony. Does that just count as untaxed income?
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Replies to: Does Spousal Support/alimony count as income?

  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 15,029Registered User Senior Member
    It may be taxed income. Often alimony is taxed to the recipient and child support is not. If it is already included in the income reported on your Mom's tax return then don't include it again in untaxed income or it will be counted twice. If it is not taxed and not included in taxable income then it should be included in untaxed income.

    Needs to be reported somewhere - just make sure you are not reporting it twice.
  • lisalisa313lisalisa313 Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not sure if it's taxed or not because the year of 2009 will be the first year it is received?
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 37,580Registered User Senior Member
    Lisa....if you are doing a FAFSA for the 2009-2010 school year, it is based on income from 2008...not 2009. You will need to put this down on your forms NEXT year...but if none was received, I do not believe you put it on THIS year's form which has income from 2008 (Swimcats, Kels, Nikki, Sue...am I right about this?).
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 15,029Registered User Senior Member
    I believe alimony is usually taxable to the recipient while the payer can generally deduct it from his/her taxable income. I would include it in taxable income.

    So do you have to give an estimate of 2009 income on CSS? I thought you just gave 2007 and 2008.
  • lisalisa313lisalisa313 Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    Yes, you need to give an estimate of 2009 income on CSS, so I'm still not sure.
  • kelsmomkelsmom Posts: 12,569Super Moderator Senior Member
    I don't work at a Profile school, but I would assume that you need to be honest about the alimony if you know you will be receiving it in 2009. It would be considered part of taxed income, which goes into AGI.
  • NikkiiLNikkiiL Posts: 1,048Registered User Senior Member
    The Alimony/Spousal Support is considered a taxable source of income, so it will be include on your 2009 federal tax return. It will be a part of your total AGI, as kelsmom has stated.
  • lisalisa313lisalisa313 Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    In that case, if I'm entering my dad's income and my mom's income won't this be counted twice?
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 15,029Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know what figure the CSS actually asks for so I am kind of feeling about a bit in the dark here a bit. But I am guessing it probably asks for the AGI (adjusted gross income). If so then, on a tax return, alimony is deducted from income of the payer (Dad) before the AGI is reached, while for the recipient (Mom) it is added before the AGI is reached.

    So I would say you if you are showing taxable income you should reduce your Dad's by the amount he will be paying in alimony to your Mom, and increase hers by the same amount.
  • badethbadeth Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Alimony or spousal support is treated as income or addition to the receiving spouse, and deduction from the income of the paying spouse. Child support is not a payment that affects U.S. taxes because it is a payment given to children for their education and needs.
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