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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.

Attention: Pay attention to the form 1099-K developments. If you received payments through Venmo, PayPal, CashApp, etc. (Zelle is excluded) during the current tax year, you should not receive a 1099-K for income or payments in the amount of over over $600 from a side hustle (Amazon, eBay, baby-sitting etc.). The reporting/filing threshold is $20,000 and the aggregate number of payment transactions for that payee or recipient in that tax year exceeded 200. The IRS plans to lower this to $5,000 or even $600 but this has not been passed. Visit this page to learn more on how to report 1099-K income; review taxable income as an independent contract or other 1099 forms.

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 it's 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 E). 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 babysitting or tips as a waitress, which is not necessarily associated with a form. However, it still might be taxable income on your income tax return.

Tax-Free or Taxable Income?

Below, navigate each item to learn what makes income taxable or tax-free. Each page has descriptions and examples to help you understand. When you prepare your tax return on, this information will be reported through a simple tax interview; IT is Income Taxes, and the eFile Tax App will guide you through IT.

Here, find a list of the most common income types that are taxable in most cases. There are always exceptions when it comes to taxes; we are here to help you find out if they apply to you. Contact us!
Take a look at this page and learn about what is classified as nontaxable income. You can contact us if you are unsure whether one or more of your income types are tax-free.

You may have some taxable income as well as some nontaxable income in the same year. For example, if you are retired and receive Social Security while also taking from your IRA, you can report both of these on your taxes though most of your Social Security income is tax free. You may also receive nontaxable military retirement income or you may be a recipient of nontaxable disability income or SSDI.

Related: Does your state tax retirement, Social Security, or military income?

See how you can save on taxes in different ways, including the right deduction method and claiming different tax credits. Begin tax planning with and utilize this page of free, simple tax calculators. An effective way to maximize your tax savings is to increase your tax-free income while minimizing your taxable income and adding up enough deductions will help bring your tax lower. As a result, you will owe less federal income taxes and potentially less state taxes.

Balance Your Finances, Taxes

Adjust your federal tax withholding if you receive a large tax refund so you can keep more of your money during the year. When you have wages or salary as taxable income, your employer withholds tax from this based on the Form W-4 you submit. You can submit a new W-4 if your withholding is too high or too low. Use one of four W-4 creator tools to get started.

You can also consider moving your taxable income into a tax-free savings account, like a traditional individual retirement arrangement (IRA) or a health savings account (HSA). You can deduct these contributions from your return when you put money into accounts like these. Additionally, you can maximize tax-free income by taking withdrawals from certain accounts, like a Roth IRA. Take these simple steps to save on taxes.

With a free account, you can prepare your taxes online, and the eFile Tax App will walk you through which types of your income are taxable and which are tax-free. Sign up now and begin entering your tax data, and the platform will generate the federal and applicable state forms for you.

Follow this simple tax guide to prepare to file your taxes. Electronic filing or e-filing is the easiest and safest way to file your tax forms and receive your refund or pay taxes.