Gambling winnings obtained by casual gamblers are fully taxable and must be reported as income on your tax return. Whether your success is in lotteries, casinos, horse racing, raffles or other bets, the cash winnings or value of prizes won must be declared.
It is the payers responsibility to issue you with a Form W-2G if your winnings are subject to federal income tax withholding or you receive certain gambling winnings. It is then your duty to report all winnings on your Form 1040 under line 21 (Other Income), in addition to all winnings that are not reported on the form you were given by the payer. You may be subject to pay estimated tax on additional income.
Any gambling losses can be deducted if you kept a record of where you have won and lost and use Form 1040, Schedule A to itemise them. Record keeping is a requirement if you wish to make a claim, so ensure you can provide evidence such as receipts, statements or tickets of both wins and losses. Loss deductions must not be higher in value than the amount of income made from gambling that you reported on your return. When claiming the losses, file them under 'Other Miscellaneous Deductions' as this is not subject to the 2% limit.
If, for income tax purpose, you are a nonresident alien wishing to file gambling winnings, Form 1040NR must be used. You are however, unable to deduct gambling losses.
As a US citizen you have many tax obligations, such as reporting all foreign income and filing a federal tax return. We are regularly contacted by US expatriates based across the globe that are considering renouncing their citizenship. When you renounce your citizenship you are no longer expected to declare your worldwide income to the IRS. However, there are a number of reasons why renouncing your citizenship is not always the best decision as a US expatriate.
The MET Gala, formally call the Costume Institute Gala, is an annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The proceeds of the event are mostly used to fund the museums exhibitions, acquisitions and capital movements.
The US expat community had huge press coverage last week; over 300 accidental Americans residing in France have filed a class act again banks that uphold the FATCA, citing discrimination. The act has been triggered by the accidental Americans difficulty receiving loans and opening bank accounts, due to FATCA.
A Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) is a form that must be filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) In order to report foreign financial accounts.
If you have made energy saving alterations to your home during 2017, you are able to claim costs of the alterations on a Form 5695.
As an American living abroad it is essential that you stay in like with your US tax obligations in order to avoid unnecessary penalties and stress. This article offers a guide on what documents American Expats need in order to file their US expat tax returns. These documents are not only necessary to finalize your US expat tax return, but also to protect yourself in the event of an Audit from the IRS.
As a American living in the UK it is normal and expected to become homesick from time-to-time. While the Americans and English have many similarities in terms of lifestyle and interests, there are always going to be some differences that are likely to make any American feel slightly homesick.
Britain may well have one of the best tea selections in the work, however many Americans wake up craving nothing but an an omelet and a hot cup of filtered coffee.
Below we have put together a guide on London’s top spots for any homesick American living in the London:
Under the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010, the energy efficient appliance credit was modified and extended. This means that tax credit can be claimed for each type of qualified energy efficient appliance produced by the taxpayer during the 2011 calendar year ending with or within the taxpayer’s taxable year.
As an SME in the Creative Industry in the United States, they are eligible to certain tax reliefs. Like all SME’s in the US, an enterprise is eligible to a tax deduction for qualifying charitable donations.
As a US accountant to creative industry professionals, we understand that travel and varying bases is a huge factor of many creative industry jobs. Whether you’re an actor who has had to move to the other end of the country for a production contract, or a musician that is touring the US, we are expert in your tax matters.
On May 25th 2018, the IRS announced several changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs act that affect moving, mileage and travel expenses.