All gambling winnings need to be reported on your tax return even if you did not receive a Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings.
Gambling winnings include, but are not limited, to lotteries, sweepstakes, raffles, casinos, wagering pools, bingo games, slot machines, keno games, poker tournaments, and horse and dog racing. For non-cash payments, such as a trip or a car, you must include the fair market value of the item when reporting gambling winnings on your tax return.
Did you know that you may be able to deduct some of your losses from gambling if you itemize your deductions on Schedule A? Gambling losses can be deducted up to the amount of your gambling winnings. The only thing that IRS requires is that you keep records of your gambling activities.
The best way to stay organized is to keep a written log or diary of the date and type of your gambling activity, location of the gambling establishment, names of people who were present with you at the gambling establishment, and the amount that you won or lost. Be sure to keep all receipts, tickets, statements or other records related to your gambling activity, both winnings and losses, as well.
TaxAct will not only guide you through entering your income and losses from your gambling activities but also provides additional guidance in Life Events and TaxTutor Guidance in TaxAct.
March 1 — Farmers & fishermen
File your 2017 income tax return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due Details
March 10 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during February, report them to your employer Details
March 15 — S Corporations
File a 2017 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120S) and pay any tax due Details
March 15 — S Corporation election
File Form 2553, Election by a Small Business Corporation, to elect to be treated as an S corporation beginning with calendar year 2017. If Form 2553 is filed late, S corporation treatment will begin with calendar year 2018.
March 15 — Partnerships
File a 2017 calendar year return (Form 1065) Details
March 15 — Electing larger partnerships
Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K1 (Form 1065B), Partner's Share of Income (Loss) From an Electing Large Partnership, or a substitute Schedule K1. This due date applies even if the partnership requests an extension of time to file the Form 1065B by filing Form 7004
March 15 — Partnerships
Electing large partnerships: File a 2017 calendar year return (Form 1065-B) Details
March 15 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule Page 6 Publication 509 applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms W2
File copies of all the Forms W2 you issued for 2017. This due date applies only if you electronically file.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms W2G
File copies of all the Forms W2G you issued for 2017. This due date applies only if you electronically file.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms 8027
File Forms 8027 for 2017. This due date applies only if you electronically file.