Tax Tip of the Day: Reporting Gambling Winnings

When you pocket $600 or more (and that amount is 300 times your bet) at a horse track, win $1,200 at a slot machine or bingo game, or take $1,500-plus in keno winnings, the payer must get your Social Security number and let the IRS know you came into the extra income.

And while poker aficionados argue the card game isn’t gambling, but a game of skill, the IRS still wants details on how well you played Texas Hold ‘Em. The IRS now requires all poker tournament sponsors to report competitors’ winnings of more than $5,000.

However, you don’t have to pay taxes on all your earnings, regardless of how you got them. You can reduce the amount of money the IRS will tax by reporting your losses as part of your overall itemized deductions

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Keep Track of Your Gaming Losses

When you do claim your gambling losses on your tax return, it’s a good idea to keep a record of them. While you don’t have to send your loss data in with your return, documentation could come in handy if the IRS ever questions the claim.

Acceptable gambling-loss recordkeeping includes a written log detailing the date of your wagers, the location, amount of the bet, type of gaming, and wins and losses. You should also hang on to losing lottery tickets or bingo cards.

The good thing about deducting gambling losses is that, unlike some other deductions, you don’t have to meet a certain level before you can claim them. But then again, they aren’t completely unlimited.

Please contact our office for more information on this subject and how it pertains to your specific tax or financial situation.

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