View Poll Results: Should child support parents and joint custody parents be allowed tax deductions?

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  • Only Joint custody parents should be allowed a half child deduction each.

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  • Only child support paying parents should be allowed a deduction.

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  • Both the above should be allowed

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  • Neither should be allowed

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Thread: Cild Support Payments part 2

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    is this a personal subject for you? only asking cause you SEEMED to fly off the handle a smidge LOL.

    financially OF COURSE. we are talking about TAXES, has to be financially.

    Now if you want to talk pros and cons of Money VS Nurture Im all for that. Nurture is WAAAAAAY more important but that shouldnt have anything to do with Taxes?

    no can of worms is opened, the question was about tax breaks so that realates to money, period.
    It's only personal to me in that I know several single mothers and due to the significant differences in their situations I would suggest that the answer as to how much they should get in a deduction compared to their ex-husbands is very different for each individual.

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Agreed. Then again I don't think people should get tax deductions for charitable giving, mortgage interest, etc... either.
    Certainly shouldn't
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    It's only personal to me in that I know several single mothers and due to the significant differences in their situations I would suggest that the answer as to how much they should get in a deduction compared to their ex-husbands is very different for each individual.
    based on what.
    Taxes are taxes period. Cant base it off of anything else but financial really.

    Now might some of those women have GREAT dads that pay, and pick up the kid from school, buy extras, coach their softball team, participate in PTA etc and others only let the government take that money out, show up every other birthday, and blame everything on the mom?

    Of course

    sadly thats reality but that has nothing to do with taxes/deductions

    Im not sure what you are getting at

    if its that some dads/moms need punched in the face because they suck as parents and money is not a substitute for parenting and you'd like them to lose those deductions cause they suck, well . . . . I AGREE! lol

    but thats an emotional answer not a reality one when it comes to taxes
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Ikari and Tigger, I agree with you that the only deduction on taxes should be for individuals only (i.e. not businesses) and then it is only in compensation for the basic necessaries of life.

    However, deductions are there and are here to stay unless we eliminate the income tax altogether. The child deduction tax is a reality. The discussion at hand is who should it apply to and in what proportions per child.

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by maquiscat View Post
    Ikari and Tigger, I agree with you that the only deduction on taxes should be for individuals only (i.e. not businesses) and then it is only in compensation for the basic necessaries of life.

    However, deductions are there and are here to stay unless we eliminate the income tax altogether. The child deduction tax is a reality. The discussion at hand is who should it apply to and in what proportions per child.
    You could have an income tax without child deductions. Particularly not infinite federal deductions. Reproduce your federal tax obligation away.

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by maquiscat View Post
    The thread reminded me of something I had thought of years ago and I want to see where opinions lie here.

    Should a non custody parent or both joint custody parents be allowed to write off their child support payments as a deduction or in the later case each take a half child deduction?

    Edit: For option 2 note that it is not supposed to imply that the parent with custody doesn't get their normal child deduction.
    I like your first option. Shared joint custody? Each parent gets a half deduction. A noncustodial parent should not be allowed to write off their child support payments any more than the parent supporting them gets to write off what they spend.
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    A noncustodial parent should not be allowed to write off their child support payments any more than the parent supporting them gets to write off what they spend.
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I like your first option. Shared joint custody? Each parent gets a half deduction. A noncustodial parent should not be allowed to write off their child support payments any more than the parent supporting them gets to write off what they spend.
    But a custodial parent can write off expenses from the child. Medical, childcare and others available. Even education under certain conditions is allowable. If I, to be an example, am paying money that goes towards these things (in theory at least), why should not I also get the tax benefit as well?

    But in the end, the child tax deduction is for the financial care of a child. It has nothing to do with how that child is treated by either parent, custodial or not. So if both parents are financially supporting the child, then why should not both get the deduction?

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