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Guide to Social Security Benefits

Should I file a Tax Return If I Receive Social Security Benefits?

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Many people who receive Social Security benefits always wonder if their benefit is taxable and if they should file a tax return. To help answer this question, let’s first determine what Social Security benefits are.

Social Security benefits including the following below and may be taxable:

  • monthly retirement
  • survivor
  • disability benefits

Around tax season, you will receive Form SSA-1099, which will report the total benefits. Read More

Claiming tips on tax return.

When and How to Claim Tips on Your Tax Return

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How to claim tips on your tax return

Did you know that all tips received are income and subject to federal income tax?

This includes tips:

  • Received directly
  • Charged tips paid by employer
  • Shared tips received under a tip splitting or tip pooling arrangement
  • The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items

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Do I have to pay taxes on my hobby?

Is Your Side-Hustle Consider a Hobby or Business for Taxes?

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The Hobby vs Business Test

To help you understand if your activity can be considered a hobby or business, I will provide some rules and guidelines.

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The Virtual Tax Service Pro is Here!

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Welcome to The Handy Tax Guy Blog!

This blog series is here to bring you up to date tax tips, exciting tax breaking news, and answers to your tax preparation questions you’ve always wanted to know. The mission of The Handy Tax Guy is to provide you with an honest, secure, educational, and efficient tax preparation experience through the help of our friendly and knowledgeable Advisors. Read More

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