Is Child Support Taxable in Jacksonville?

March 22, 2024by Adam Sacks

Child Support in Jacksonville

When a Jacksonville couple decides to part, if they have children they are required to create a child support arrangement as part of the divorce proceedings. This includes determining the financial responsibility of each parent based on their income, the needs of the children, and other relevant factors.

Child support is a legal obligation that one parent may have to provide financial support to the other parent for the care and upbringing of their minor children, typically in cases of divorce or separation. [1]

The statutory guidelines for calculating child support in Florida, take into account the income of both parents and the child’s relevant expenses. These guidelines help ensure that child support payments are fair and adequate for the needs of the children.


IRS Guidelines on Child Support Payments in Jacksonville

According to IRS guidelines, child support payments are not considered tax deductible for the parent making the payments, nor are they considered taxable income for the parent receiving the payments.

This means that the parent making the child support payments cannot deduct the payments from their taxable income, and the parent receiving the payments does not need to report them as income on their tax return.

Child support payments are generally not subject to federal income tax, and they also do not qualify as eligible deductions for the paying parent. These payments may have an impact on other tax-related issues, such as dependency exemptions and the child tax credit. In some cases, the parent who pays child support may still be able to claim these benefits.


IRS Guidelines on Child Support Payments in Jacksonville


Child Support Laws in Jacksonville

In Jacksonville, Florida, child support obligations are determined using the “Income Shares Model”. This model considers both parents’ incomes and the number of children to estimate the amount of support needed. Child support payments are typically made until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, but they may be extended in certain circumstances.

Factors such as health insurance, daycare costs, and overnight visitations can impact the final amount of child support. Both parents are expected to contribute to these expenses, and the non-residential parent may be required to cover a percentage of these costs in addition to regular child support payments.

Specific guidelines for child support and visitation in Jacksonville are outlined in the Florida Statutes. This can help both parties come to a fair agreement and avoid unnecessary legal battles. [2]


Factors Affecting Child Support Payments in Jacksonville

When it comes to child support payments in Jacksonville, Florida, various factors can have an impact on the amount that is paid and the process involved. Certain key elements influence child support payments and how they are calculated to ensure that the needs of the child are adequately met.

Income of Both Parents

The income of both parents is a major factor in determining the amount of child support payments. The court will consider the gross income of each parent, including:

  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Wages

Number of Children

The number of children involved in a child support case will also affect the amount of support that is paid. Generally, the more children there are, the higher the amount of child support required will be.

Childcare and Medical Expenses

Childcare and medical expenses for the child are also taken into consideration when determining child support payments. These costs are typically divided between the parents based on their respective incomes.

Co-parenting Arrangements

The amount of time that each parent spends with the child can impact child support payments. In some cases, if one parent has more overnight stays with the child, it can result in a lower child support obligation for that parent.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances such as the child’s educational or medical needs can also affect child support payments. Any other relevant expenses and financial obligations may be considered by the court.


Factors Affecting Child Support Payments in Jacksonville


Federal Income Tax Offsets for Florida Child Support

In some cases, the parent who is owed child support may be able to receive federal income tax offsets to help collect past-due payments. The Federal Tax Refund Offset Program allows state child support agencies, including those in Florida, to intercept federal income tax refunds from parents who owe child support.

If a parent owes past-due child support, the IRS can withhold all or part of their federal income tax refund to pay off the debt. This program helps ensure that parents fulfill their child support obligations and provides a way for the custodial parent to receive the support they are owed. [3]

These federal income tax offsets only apply to past-due child support payments. Current child support payments are not subject to this program.

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Q. Do I Need to Declare Taxes on The Child Support Payments?

No, as per the IRS guidelines, child support payments are not eligible for tax deductions by the paying parent, and they are not considered taxable income for the receiving parent. [4]

Q. How Long Do Child Support Agreements Last in Jacksonville, FL?

Child support payments are generally made until the child reaches the age of 18 or completes high school. [5]

Q. How is Child Support Determined in Jacksonville?

In Jacksonville, Florida, child support obligations are determined using the “Income Shares Model,” which takes into account both parents’ incomes and the number of children to calculate the necessary support amount. [6]



[1] Child support. (n.d.). LII / Legal Information Institute.

[2] Statutes & Constitution: Search Statutes: Online Sunshine. (n.d.).

[3] DCF Information Sheet for Federal Income Tax Offsets. (n.d.). Retrieved March 11, 2024, from

[4]  Alimony, Child Support, Court Awards, Damages 1 | Internal Revenue Service. (n.d.).

[5] Termination of Child Support. (2024, February 21).

[6] Child Support Guideline Models. (2024, February 21).

by Adam Sacks

Adam Sacks is lead Family Law Attorney at Law Offices of Sacks & Sacks, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida. He has a BA in Psychology from 1994, and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1999 from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

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