Is pre-divorce maintenance taxable?

September 13, 2006

Date:  Fri, 07 Apr 2006
From:  Joyce

I am in the middle of a divorce. I’m separated now and have been receiving "temporary maintenance" since November, 2005. Do I have to report and pay taxes on this amount on my separate income tax return for 2006, or only for the amount I receive after the divorce is final?


Date:  Fri, 05 May 2006

Hello Joyce,

Spousal support received before the divorce is final is also taxable income. Alimony can be paid based on a divorce or separation agreement.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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