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Is child support considered taxable income?

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Child support is not considered taxable income for the recipient. Because of this, it is not included in calculating a person's gross income for a tax year. In addition, it is not eligible for a deduction by the individual who pays the child support.

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Child support is also ineligible as income in regards to calculating income to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. There is actually not a form that taxpayers use to include child support payments, so it is not factored into a filing at all. However, claiming the child as a dependent is an option for either parent, depending on their arrangement.

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