Whether you roll the dice, bet on the ponies, play cards or enjoy slot machines, you should know that as a casual gambler, your gambling winnings are fully taxable and must be reported on your income tax return. You can also deduct your gambling losses...but only up to the extent of your winnings.
Here are five important tips about gambling and taxes:
For more information on gambling income and losses, see IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions, or Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, both available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
May 10 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during April, report them to your employer Details
May 10 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
File Form 941 for the first quarter of 2018. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter timely, properly, and in full.
May 15 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in April.