Guide to Social Security Benefits

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Social Security Benefits?

Question of the Week: Should I file a Tax Return If I Receive Social Security Benefits?

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:

  • survivor
  • monthly retirement
  • disability benefits

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

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Claiming tips on tax return.

When and 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 a Hobby or Business for Taxes?

Have you started your side-hustle or thinking about starting one? If so, it’s time to determine how to turn your side-hustle from hobby to business.

Whether you’re an online influencer, travel blogger, artist or musician, you need to know your status and if the IRS recognizes your hobby as a business. This is important in determining if you need to file taxes.

So, let me explain the difference to you!

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