Are My Gambling Winnings Subject To Government Taxes ?
Gambling winnings are subject to government taxes. In cases where the winnings were $600 or more you will receive a 1099 miscellaneous form from the payer of those funds. Whenever you receive a lump sum payout the payer must record your information for tax purposes. What they pay out is a tax deduction for them.
Types Of Reportable Income
Whether it’s Casino gambling, lottery tickets or a raffle ticket it is still reported as income on your 1040 form. If you sell your right to future payments and accept a lump sum payout, the lump sum is still reportable as income and you are responsible for paying the government taxes.
You must also consider the amount you spent during the year on gambling and buying lottery tickets. Most people simply throw away losing lottery tickets but that may not be a good idea if you expect to win during that year. The losing tickets are your written proof that you purchased them.
Reporting A Gambling Loss On Your government Taxes
If you receive a 1099 showing that you were the recipient of $600 or more then the dollar amount that you spent on tickets is a tax deduction. On line 28 of Schedule A with government form 1040 you can deduct up to the amount of the winnings as a miscellaneous deduction. You will still have to consider whether filing with itemized deductions or using the standard deduction on your government taxes would be more beneficial to you.
The Taxable Amount Of Gambling Winnings
If you win a few thousand and have only spent a small amount of money on purchasing tickets or gambling then the balance between what you spent and what you won is reported as income and you are liable for the government taxes.
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