Gambling games have not been around since yesterday; they have been in the market for many years. They have been able to turn many people into millionaires and have also left many others broke.
It is to be expected that you have made the mistake of betting a large part of your money and lost it all because of an occasional gamble. Now you may be wondering how you can report that on your taxes.
How do you show gambling losses on your taxes?
It is important to note that the IRS has laws for gambling because it must report any winnings from gambling for tax purposes.
Being tax reportable, you may ask if all games of chance are included, and the answer is yes. The games ranged from lotteries, horse racing, raffles, and casinos, among others, and all must be reported as income on your taxes.
Not only are cash winnings included, prizes such as trips or cars, houses, and apartments. You must declare any monetary income you get from it.
But this law only involves occasional gamblers who only play when they feel like it. Not workers in the sector or those who own such businesses.
To report all types of losses, according to the IRS, you must itemize deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. You are keeping track of all your profits and losses.
Also, you cannot deduct your losses greater than your winnings; you need to report all money lost, considering what you reported as gambling income to your pocket.
You must understand that you could get into legal trouble if a loss is greater than what you receive in gambling revenue. For this reason, it is best to claim gambling losses up to the amount of your winnings.
Do I have to keep track of my winnings and losses?
The answer is yes. If you want to reduce your taxes because of the complications of gambling losses, you will also need to report every winning obtained through gambling.
Also, it is important to know that you cannot offset one day’s losses with another day’s winnings. Must report all monetary movements individually to be able to take annual profits and losses.
Although only in some cases can you report them simultaneously; for example, if you made a profit one day on a machine and a loss the next day, they can be reported together.
What do all my profit and loss records need to include?
To give a concrete record to the IRS, they ask for several things that are easy to obtain. Among them are the date and type of gambling on which you used your money and the names and addresses of the places where you gamble.
You also have to indicate the people you play with and all the money you win and lose through random games.
In addition to the above, you can include certain documentation, such as the W-2G form, 5754 form, all types of wagering slips, and your canceled checks or credit records. And all receipts from gambling facilities.
If, for some reason, the loss deduction exceeds the winnings deduction, you would not be able to write off the overage or carry it forward.
In addition, in your loss deduction, you can include the cost of the game and bets, plus related expenses such as travel to and from the gaming center.
But it is necessary to know that to take the annual loss deduction; you must have winnings. If you did, the IRS would be funding your gambling, which is not good for the state.
For years I have studied American finance regulations. All the information in this blog is sourced from official or contrasted sources from reliable sites.
Salesforce Certified SALES & SERVICE Cloud Consultant in February 2020, Salesforce Certified Administrator (ADM-201), and Master degree in “Business Analytics & Big Data Strategy” with more than 13 years of experience in IT consulting.