by Adrian Perkins
I am a single father. I don't understand why every year I owe the IRS. Why isn't child support taken out of pretax dollars. I get taxed on it when I earn it but have no way of claiming it as a tax right off. After the child support is deducted from my check. What I take home is no reflection of what I actually earned. I can't claim any of my children as a dependant on my taxes. For the past few years I have also lost out on my tax credit for child care because you need a dependant to claim them on your taxes.
The courts don't help either. When a child support decree is placed by the court there should be certain things in place. The first should be an agreements between parents to alternate years of parents carrying the children on thier taxes. In the years that the fathers carry the children any arrears would be collected by the IRS. This would allow the fathers to maintain current payments and be motivated to keep arrears paid.
Child Support enforcement should not treat us all like DEAD BEAT DADS. Some of us have dreams of our children going to college. How can I ever afford to save for my childs education How can I help my children acqruire loans for college with a negative credit score due to child support arrears. They are helping to continue a cycle of absent fathers in a since.