5 Mistakes Americans Make Reporting Taxable Income on Tax Returns, a New GoBankingRates.com Report

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In the race to meet tax deadlines, Americas are forgetting to include all sources of taxable income on their tax returns. Personal finance resource http://www.GoBankingRates.com investigates the five most common mistakes Americans make when reporting their total income to the IRS.

What is taxable income?

What is taxable income?

Gifts that you give to someone else may be taxable. The good news is that you can give up to $13,000 worth of gifts per person.

While neglecting to include all income sources on a tax return may seem insignificant to some taxpayers, doing so can easily result in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Go Banking Rates identifies the top 5 taxable income streams that Americans neglect to report.

Certain gifts that reach a valuation limit must be added to tax documents. Unreported monetary gifts risk an Accuracy-Related Penalty, according to the IRS, which is equal to a fine of 20% of the underpayment due.

“Gifts that you give to someone else may be taxable,” notes Clay Wyatt, lead reporter for the investigation. “The good news is that you can give up to $13,000 worth of gifts per person, so for instance, you can buy each of your four grandchildren a $13,000 car without giving a ‘gift’ to Uncle Sam.”

In addition to gifts of over $13,000 in value that need to be reported in tax returns, GoBankingRates also explains four other income sources that many filers don’t realize need to be reported.

To read the entire report, click here.

For questions about this report or to schedule an interview with a GoBankingRates editor, please use the contact information below.

About GoBankingRates.com

GoBankingRates.com is a national website dedicated to connecting readers with the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as informative personal finance content, news and tools. GoBankingRates collects interest rate information from more than 4,000 U.S. banks and credit unions, making it the only online rates aggregator with the ability to provide the most comprehensive and authentic local interest rate information.


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Source: IRS, Publication 17 (2012).

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