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Taxable and Tax Free Income

Taxable and Tax Free Income

You may be asking yourself some of these questions while preparing your tax return:

  • Do I have to claim my babysitting income on my tax return? See information on taxes and independent contractors.
  • What about the money I make from selling things online? Learn about capital gains and how selling a collectible may be taxable.
  • What is considered taxable income and what is tax free income? Find out below by clicking on the links in the table.

You can receive taxable and tax-free income as money, property, or services. Most taxable income is reported to you on a form; some tax-free income can also be reported on a form, but is generally less likely.

For example, these can be employee wages including fringe benefits (Form W-2), Independent Contractor income (one of the many 1099 Forms), and Bartering Income (Form 1099-B) or Rental Income (1099-Misc, Schedule C). Keep in mind that a copy of most of these forms is also sent to the IRS and/or State Tax Agency by the issuer of the form. The forms listed here are only a few of the many examples of taxable income. On the other hand, you may receive income in the form of cash, such as from baby sitting or tips as a waitress, that is not necessarily associated with a form. It still might be taxable income on your income tax return.

Tax Free or Taxable Income?

Below, navigate to each item to learn about what makes income taxable or tax free. Each page has descriptions and examples to help understand. When you prepare your tax return on eFile.com, this information will be reported through a simple tax interview and you won't have to worry about reporting income precisely as the tax app will guide you through it.

Here, find a list of the most common income types of income that are taxable in most cases. As you know, when it comes to taxes, there are always exceptions. We are here to help you to find out if they apply to you or not; just contact us.
Take a look at this page and learn about what is classified as nontaxable income. If you are not sure whether one or more of your income types are indeed tax free, please contact us.


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