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Per IRS Instructions for Form 1040 and 1040-SR, on page 22:

Line 1

Wages, Salaries, Tips, etc.

Enter the total of your wages, salaries, tips, etc. If a joint return, also include your spouse's income. For most people, the amount to enter on this line should be shown in box 1 of their Form(s) W-2. But the following types of income must also be included in the total on line 1.

  • All wages received as a household employee. An employer isn’t required to provide a Form W-2 to you if he or she paid you wages of less then $2,200 in 2020. If you received wages as a household employee and you didn’t receive a Form W-2 because an employer paid you less than $2,200 in 2020, enter “HSH” and the amount not reported to you on a Form W-2 in the space to the left of line 1. For information on employment taxes for household employees, see Tax Topic 756.

To enter this income into the TaxAct® program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Wages and Salaries in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Wages received as household employee - not reported on Form W-2.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

The text "HSH" and the total amount of the wages received as a household employee will be printed on the dotted line next to Line 1 of Form 1040 when you print your return.

Note. If this text is applicable to your return, determined by the information entered, the TaxAct program will automatically place the text in the correct location. The text will appear on the printed (or print previewed) form, but is not visible on the screen view of the form (only available to users of the Desktop version of the program).

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.

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