How Can Unallocated Support Help Me?

In many Illinois divorces, both child support and spousal maintenance may be awarded by the court. If this does happen in your case, however, the tax implications can be prohibitive. If it is possible, you may be able to help shift that burden using what Illinois calls unallocated support. While it is not always possible to use this mechanic, sometimes it can make a significant difference, especially for custodial parents. Current Tax Law Under current tax law, spousal support counts as taxable income for the recipient, and as deductible for the payor. Conversely, child support is neither deductible nor taxable. In many divorce cases, one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, and thus, any tax deduction that they are able to obtain can be very welcome. In order to get the benefit of the deduction and the lower tax rate, some couples may be able to treat spousal and child support as one lump sum referred to as unallocated. If this setup is possible, the richer…

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