What is the deduction for spousal support?

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Deductions for spousal support

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:

  • What deductions for spousal support are
  • Other conditions to be aware of
  • Whether you can get deductions yourself

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What is the deduction for spousal support?

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.

What else should you be aware of?

There are several other elements to be aware of with this deduction:

  • You cannot continue to live with your former partner
  • You must have a written agreement - either done yourself or through the Family Court
  • You must use your former partner's CPR number or address and name if the partner does not have a CPR number when reporting the deduction

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