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Claiming tips on tax return.

When and How to Claim Tips on Your Tax Return

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Did you know that all tips received are income and subject to federal income tax?

This includes tips:

  • Received directly
  • Charged tips paid by employer
  • Shared tips received under a tip splitting or tip pooling arrangement
  • The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items

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Do I have to pay taxes on my hobby?

Is Your Side-Hustle a Hobby or Business for Taxes?

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Have you started your side-hustle or thinking about starting one? If so, it’s time to determine how to turn your side-hustle from hobby to business.

Whether you’re an online influencer, travel blogger, artist or musician, you need to know your status and if the IRS recognizes your hobby as a business. This is important in determining if you need to file taxes.

So, let me explain the difference to you!

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The Virtual Tax Service Pro is Here!

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Welcome to The Handy Tax Guy Blog!

This blog series is here to bring you up to date tax tips, exciting tax breaking news, and answers to your tax preparation questions you’ve always wanted to know.

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