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Frequently Asked Tax Questions

Itemized Deductions, Standard Deductions - Interest, Investment, Money Transactions

  1. Is the interest amount that we paid to the IRS deductible?
  2. Can I deduct separate maintenance paid to my spouse or alimony paid to my former spouse?

Rev. date: 08/04/2012

Is the interest amount that we paid to the IRS deductible?

Interest and penalties paid to the IRS on Federal taxes are not deductible.
For more information, refer to:

Rev. date: 08/17/2012

Can I deduct separate maintenance paid to my spouse or alimony paid to my former spouse?

If you are separated or divorced, you may generally deduct payments of separate maintenance or alimony paid in cash (including check or money order payable on demand) to, or on behalf of, your spouse or former spouse.  See Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals, for help in determining whether the payments qualify.