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5 Scariest Taxes (and how a Tax Pro can help)

Jo Willetts, EA

Director, Tax Resources

Published on: October 28, 2022

Just in time for Halloween, frightening things you need to pay taxes on.

  1. Your state tax refund. You might have to pay taxes on your state tax refund if deducted state taxes on your federal return, and then ended up getting a refund.
  2. Your gigs. You must pay taxes on side gigs like driving for Uber, selling crafts online, and even under-the-table income–even from family and friends. And this year, cash apps must report any money you get over $600 to the IRS.
  3. Your unemployment income. Sorry, the IRS doesn’t give you a break, except for that one year during COVID.
  4. Your kids’ income. Your child must file a tax return if they made more than the standard deduction, or if they have a side gig and made more than $400. Yes, this includes babysitting, mowing lawns, summer job income, and even selling sneakers online.
  5. After death. Taxes don’t stop with death. Someone must file taxes on behalf of anyone who dies.

In essence, you must report every penny you earn. The good news is, your Jackson Hewitt Tax Pro knows all the rules and will be sure to get you all the credit—and money back—you deserve.

About the Author

Jo Willetts, Director of Tax Resources at Jackson Hewitt, has more than 35 years of experience in the tax industry. As an Enrolled Agent, Jo has attained the highest level of certification for a tax professional. She began her career at Jackson Hewitt as a Tax Pro, working her way up to General Manager of a franchise store. In her current role, Jo provides expert knowledge company-wide to ensure that tax information distributed through all Jackson Hewitt channels is current and accurate.

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