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    collegian Posts: 50, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 16, 2019, 09:43 PM
    Do I need to file gift taxes?
    Hello,

    I had to transfer money to my parents to pay towards my ex-wife's alimony. The amount was greater than the annual exclusion for the year 2018. Do I need to file gift taxes or can I skip it since it was towards alimony?


    Thanks.
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    Mar 17, 2019, 05:13 PM
    It is NOT a gift to your parents. They are just acting as your agents to conduit the money to your ex-wife. There are NO taxes due and no gift tax return is needed.
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    Mar 17, 2019, 08:20 PM
    Thanks! The only reason I was confused was because I paid it in 2018 but my divorce was complete only this year.
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    Mar 17, 2019, 09:28 PM
    No problem!

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