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New Alimony Tax Rules Cut Both Ways

The new tax laws no longer allow a deduction for the payer, and the recipient won't pay taxes on the income.

Q: I have heard about changes to tax laws for alimony payments. I can't figure out if the changes are good or bad!

A: You are right that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains some changes to the way alimony is taxed. As for whether the changes are good or bad, that depends.