Are you making maintenance payments but not sure if you are eligible for tax relief? You’re not alone. We understand that navigating through every tax implication can be challenging and often receive queries like ‘Can I claim tax relief on maintenance payments?’ or ‘Are maintenance payments to my spouse taxable?’ 

But we here at Irish Tax Rebates are here to help. So, let’s explore the world of tax relief for maintenance payments together.


What are Maintenance Payments?

Maintenance payments are a form of financial assistance paid by one individual to another to support their living expenses. These can be paid to support dependent children, spouses, civil partners or other dependents. The tax treatment of maintenance payments varies depending on whether they are legally enforceable or voluntary and to whom they are paid.


Are Maintenance Payments Taxable?

Legally Enforceable Maintenance Payments

Legally enforceable maintenance includes arrangements made under a court order, deed of separation, rule of court, trust, covenant or other enforceable act to make annual or periodic payments to your former partner.

If your maintenance payments are legally enforceable for the benefit of your former partner, they are taxable, and you must pay income tax, Universal Social Charge (USC) and Pay Related Social Insurance (PSRI). However, you may claim a tax deduction. 

On the other hand, if you are making payments for the benefit of your children, you do not pay tax, and, therefore, will not receive any tax relief. Additionally, if you and your partner choose to be jointly assessed as a married couple, you do not pay tax on the maintenance payments you receive.


Voluntary Maintenance Payments

If you receive voluntary maintenance payments you do not pay any  Income Tax, Universal Social Charge (USC) or Pay Related Social Insurance (PSRI). Additionally, the former partner cannot receive any income tax deductions for these payments. 

*It’s important to note that Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) may apply if you exceed the threshold. 


Can I Claim Tax Relief For Child Maintenance Payments? 

No, you cannot claim tax relief for child maintenance payments in Ireland since they are ignored for income tax purposes. 


Are Maintenance Payments Subject to USC?

Only legally enforceable maintenance payments are subject to the Universal Social Charge (USC) in Ireland. Any portion of maintenance payments allocated towards the maintenance of children, as well as voluntary payments, are exempt from USC.


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