My ex-husband ran up multiple credit cards in my name before our divorce in 2016. In our divorce, it was decreed that he make monthly payments to me for those debts. He made those payments to me starting Jan 2017. Recently he requested my social security number so he can claim the payments made to me on his taxes. I do not trust him, does he really need my SSN?
He would need your Social Security Number if he was paying you alimony or an amount that requires a Form 1099. This does not sound like either and should not require your Social Security number. There should be nothing to claim on his taxes. Review your divorce decree to make sure that these payments were not deemed alimony to make sure. If you are still unclear see your family law attorney or hire an attorney to review the agreement with you.
Mr. Lively is a Certified Tax Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Any individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response provides information that is general in nature and not specific to any person's unique situation. Circular 230 Disclaimer - Advice given in this response cannot be used to eliminate penalties with the IRS or any other governmental agency.
Credit card interest is considered "personal" interest and has not been deductible for individual taxpayers since the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. So no, your ex has no legitimate reason to request your SSN.
Ms. Willi is a tax attorney, CPA, and Ohio-Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, with offices in Westerville, Ohio. She serves client families and private business owners throughout Ohio. Ms. Willi responds to Avvo questions as a public service to help educate and provide general guidance to questioners, but her responses are not legal advice and do not create an attorney-client relationship. Her posts are provided for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for advice provided by an attorney or licensed tax professional. Her phone number is 614-890-0500 and her website is www.willilaw.com.
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