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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. However, 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, 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 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, you can contact us.

 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.

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). When you put money into accounts like these, you can deduct these contributions from your return. 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 get your tax forms filed and receive your refund or pay taxes.