If you are divorced, you have probably already come across spousal maintenance. This is the amount you potentially have to pay to your former partner if you no longer live together. However, not everyone knows that you can actually claim a tax deduction for the maintenance you pay.
Together with the deduction for child support, it is one of the payments you have to keep track of yourself in terms of deductions. There may be cases where it is reported automatically for you. So exactly when you can claim deductions, we'll guide you through this article.
In this article we will go through:
When you leave your partner and get divorced, you can agree that one of you will pay a maintenance payment to the other as a form of support. This is a monthly payment that you either set yourself or have set for you by, for example, the Family Court (formerly the State Administration).
You can choose whether you pay the contribution yourself or through Udbetaling Danmark. If you pay yourself, you must report the deduction to SKAT yourself. If you pay through Udbetaling Danmark, you will automatically receive the deduction. However, you should be aware that if individual contributions have been paid outside Udbetaling Danmark, you must report them yourself.
The deduction itself is the contributions you have paid. If you have only paid individual contributions outside Udbetaling Danmark, you must add these contributions to the automatically reported deduction. In both scenarios, there are several important elements to be aware of, which we will go through below.
There are several other elements to be aware of with this deduction:
In TaxHelper, we help you find the deductions you're entitled to. You answer a few simple questions that take just 15 minutes to complete.
Then we report the deductions, and you get an extra DKK 2,704 back in tax. At the same time, you only pay if you get a tax saving.
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