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Thread: Cild Support Payments part 2

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    Cild Support Payments part 2

    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.
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    If both parents are contributing to the care of the child then both should get a portion of the deduction as long as the deduction excists. I think each parent should have to itemize the expenses for the child, including child support, out of pocket purchases, medical insurance, medical copays, sports enrollment fees, school fees, day care costs, etc. and the deduction should be based on a percentage of the total expense paid by each parent.
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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.
    And this just got me thinking about how my student loan lender will not count child support payments against my salary...
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    I would suggest that both of the categories should be granted a deduction (assuming that any deduction is allowed at all). Of course the value of that deduction should be split between the parents based on the percentage of care and financial support they are each providing for the child.

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    First an apology. I didn't realize I made a typo in the title until I looked at my threads list. If I can correct it I will.

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    If both parents are contributing to the care of the child then both should get a portion of the deduction as long as the deduction excists. I think each parent should have to itemize the expenses for the child, including child support, out of pocket purchases, medical insurance, medical copays, sports enrollment fees, school fees, day care costs, etc. and the deduction should be based on a percentage of the total expense paid by each parent.
    I am ok with the use of a standard deduction at least in the case of joint custody. For non custodial child support, it really needs to be some kind of percentage deduction like they do medical expenses or something along those lines, if not a straight deduction. Seriously, Income taxes are complicated enough, please don't ask to make them any more complicated than they already are!

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    both CONTRIBUTING parents should be allowed.

    Currently only the one that has majority custody can claim the child on their taxes.
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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 do not believe that in general people should get tax deductions for having kids.
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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    both CONTRIBUTING parents should be allowed.
    Contributing WHAT, though?.... time, money, attention, emotional attachment, etc?... That's the problem. Is missing two weekends when he was supposed to have the kids more or less important than the fact that the check was there on time every month without having to be asked for? It opens up a can of worms the size of Texas.

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I do not believe that in general people should get tax deductions for having kids.
    Agreed. Then again I don't think people should get tax deductions for charitable giving, mortgage interest, etc... either.

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    Re: Cild Support Payments part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Contributing WHAT, though?.... time, money, attention, emotional attachment, etc?... That's the problem. Is missing two weekends when he was supposed to have the kids more or less important than the fact that the check was there on time every month without having to be asked for? It opens up a can of worms the size of Texas.
    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.
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