The old cliches regarding death and taxes get modified when you add alimony to the equation. Tax Form 1040 requires alimony payments to be declared if the individual making the payment is seeking a deduction.
Generally, if you are paying taxes and alimony, your ex-spouse’s Social Security Number must appear next to the alimony amount. The Internal Revenue Service’s computers will examine both parties’ tax forms for confirmation of the corresponding income and payment amount. If the forms don’t match, both parties will face IRS scrutiny.