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Your gambling winnings in 2013 are taxable in 2013

Gambling Winnings in 2013

Money you win in any gambling operation in the USA is taxable. Your gambling winnings in 2013 when you play bingo, blackjack, poker or a video slot machine are no different from any other kinds of income you earn. Report the correct amount on your personal IRS 1040 income tax return.  Gambling winnings are a taxable form of income subject to federal income tax withholding up to 25%. Gaming income includes any form of wagering, from dice to betting on horses in a race.  Casual gamblers are wise to follow some tips from the professional.

  • Report your winnings because, more often than not, the government will receive an income document concerning the wagering transaction. Seek professional assistance when reporting the fair market value of prizes such as cars or trips.  Your gambling winnings are typically reported on IRS Form 1040 Line 21 as “Other Income”.
  • Under some conditions, especially if you can itemize your deductions using Schedule A on your IRS 1040 personal tax return, you can offset your gambling winnings with gambling losses.  Any losses are reported separately as miscellaneous deductions and will offset your winnings. Do not report the difference between your winnings and your losses directly on IRS Form 1040 Line 21 Other Income.
  • Keep accurate records of all your gambling activity as if you were running a business.  Proper documentation includes receipts, tickets, and daily logs of activity including the times you play and the locations of both the machine and the physical location of the store or casino.   Do not depend on Cash In/ Cash Out reports issued by resorts, hotels, or casinos; substantiate the claims of gambling losses with detailed ATM withdrawals or bank records.

Backup tax withholding is calculated at 28%. You do not have to withhold income tax from wagering transactions like bingo, keno, and slot machines, if your winnings are $5,000 or less.  A casino reports your winnings on IRS Form W-2G if the total winnings are $1,200 or more from a bingo game or slot machine.  Keno winnings are reported if they are $1,500 or more.  Your winnings from a poker tournament are reported if they are more than $5,000.

Payments of wagers are made when they are actually (or constructively) paid to the winner.

You must report this form of income on your personal tax return in the year you they are made.  Consider using IRS Form 5754, Statement by Person(s) Receiving Gambling Winnings, if the recipient is not the actual winner or a member of a group of two or more people.

For further information, review IRS Publication 525, Taxable and NonTaxable Income, and IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, or seek professional assistance.


Other 2013 references about reporting gambling winnings and losses:

Reporting Gambling Winnings |
Feb 4, 2013 Check out line 28, “other miscellaneous deductions,” on Schedule A. That’s where you report any gambling losses. You can claim up to the total 

Taxes in the Back » Nonresident Gamblers Take a Step Closer to …
Commissioner that a nonresident gambler may calculate gambling winnings or losses on a per-session basis. To elucidate the practical significance of this holding, the court explained the tax outcomes when applying each …

Tax Topics – Topic 419 Gambling Income and Losses
Apr 1, 2013 The following rules apply to casual gamblers. Gambling winnings are fully taxable and must be reported on your tax return. Gambling income 

Pilarski: Report gambling losses, but the burden of proof is on you …
Feb 12, 2013 QUESTION: I enjoyed your question last week regarding gambling wins and taxes. I have another question regarding my tax liability on a win.

Reporting Gambling Winnings |
Feb 4, 2013 Check out line 28, “other miscellaneous deductions,” on Schedule A. That’s where you report any gambling losses. You can claim up to the total 


2013 Alimony Tax Treatment

People involved in a divorce and alimony payments must understand the tax significance of paying or receiving alimony to properly report their income. The IRS categorizes alimony as amounts paid according to a divorce or separate maintenance legal decree. The IRS Tax Topic 452, Alimony Paid, updated May 30, 2013, describes the following conditions associated with paid alimony.

  • The payment is neither child support nor a property settlement
  • Neither spouse files a married joint income tax return
  • Payments are made in cash or its equivalent rather than property
  • A payment is received by some third party on behalf of one spouse
  • Legal decrees do not state a specific payment is not alimony
  • IRS rules defining legal separation are in effect when payments are made
  • There is no liability for payment after death


The IRS does not consider any of the following as alimony:

  • Child support
  • Noncash property settlements whether lump sum or installments
  • Voluntary payments not required by an agreement or court decree
  • Payments considered part of community property income
  • Use of or payments for maintenance of a payer’s property


The payer of alimony deducts the payment from their reported income on their tax return; the recipient of alimony adds alimony payments as taxable income. In the event, a court decree orders both alimony and child support, the amount of alimony paid out is the balance of payment after child support has been paid in full.

It is not necessary to use a Schedule A, Itemized Deductions to adjust income when paying alimony. The adjustment to income must be entered on IRS Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, Schedule NEC. Make certain you provide the Social Security number of the recipient of the payments. Failure to properly report this information is subject to a $50 penalty. You cannot file IRS Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or Form 1040NR-EZ. You can find online references to this topic and specific income tax forms at the IRS website. Seek professional advice when filing your federal or state income tax return.

See IRS Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals for additional information. The 2004 version of this publication includes special information regarding the tax treatment of alimony before 1985.


Other online references related to how alimony is reported on US Income Tax:

What is Income Tax on Alimony? – Ask Tax Questions
In the US, the alimony payment received, as stated in the law, is part of the income tax on alimony on the tax return of the recipient in the current tax year it the payment is received. Just like any other income taxes, there are also exceptions. In general your ex-spouse or the former spouse can The alimony paid is then reported on the Form 1040 in Line 31. Also, you must report the full amount of the alimony or the separate maintenance you have received during the 

Alimony is considered taxable income – Raleigh Family Law Blog
However, what many do not know is that alimony is considered taxable income. Newly divorced individuals who receive spousal support often learn this the hard way. Alimony is considered to be income, and is therefore taxable. Depending upon the size of the awarded alimony, taxes can be incredibly steep, especially if it comes as a surprise at the end of tax season. It is recommended that 20 Follow us on Facebook · Follow Us On LinkedIn · FindLaw Network.


What is the Schedule C-EZ

1040 Schedule C-EZ

1040 Schedule C-EZ calculates your net profit.

In order to understand what the Schedule C-EZ is, you need to understand the format of the related IRS Form 1040 Schedule C. Are you self-employed or a sole proprietor of a small business?  When you file your income tax return, you use the longer Schedule C to report your business income or loss on your personal (rather than corporate) income tax return.  Your net business profits, calculated on either schedule, are summarized on the top page of your IRS 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return.  You can also use either Schedule C to report wages or expenses you accumulate during a tax year if you are a statutory employee, are involved in qualified joint ventures, or have income that is reported on an IRS Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income.  You need to complete either Schedule C in order to calculate self-employment tax.


Why is Schedule C-EZ the “short form”?

Just like the 1040EZ “short form” for personal income tax, Schedule C-EZ is based on VERY simple business information. You provide information in Part I, such as name and principal business activity,  your gross and net profit in Part II, and information about any vehicle expenses you want to claim, in Part III.  There are eight separate questions in total; Schedule C has 48 separate questions.  Both schedules are fundamentally the same. They are financial statements of profit and loss (P&L) that provide current information about operating revenue and offsetting expenses.

Are there requirements for using the short Schedule C-EZ?

In order to use the Schedule C-EZ, your business or profession must:

  • have a net profit running a business as a sole proprietor
  • use the cash method of bookkeeping
  • have no employees
  • have neither inventory nor fixed assets
  • have neither a home office deduction (IRS Form 8829) nor report depreciation (Form 4562)
  • have business expenses less than $5,000

Are there disadvantages to using Schedule C-EZ?

Since both schedules help you calculate the net profit (or loss) for your business, there is no fundamental difference in the forms. However, part of successfully running your own business is to track all business expenses in order to determine how much it REALLY costs to run your business. The Schedule C might have more questions to answer but, if correct understood, helps you better identify how you spend money in the pursuit of profit. Categorizing and tracking your business-related expenses throughout the year might save you from misreading a business trend or wishful thinking.  Running a successful business in a competitive world requires strategic planning and concentration on more than just business goals; you need to account for every dollar spent in pursuit of profit. Schedule C-EZ might provide the general answer about pursuing profit but it won’t identify where your money goes on the way to achieving your business revenue.

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