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

Jo Willetts, EA

Director, Tax Resources

Published on: October 21, 2021

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

  1. Your State Tax Refund. It’s taxable if you took a deduction for state taxes on your federal return, but then ended up getting a refund.
  2. Your gigs. You pay tax on side gigs like driving for Uber, selling crafts online, and even under-the-table income from family and friends.
  3. Your unemployment income. Sorry, the IRS doesn’t give you a break, not even during COVID.
  4. Your kids’ income. Your child must file a return if earnings are more than the standard deduction. 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 that this year, there are new tax credits and deductions that may lead to a bigger refund. Talk to a Tax Pro today to be sure you’re getting every dollar you deserve.

About the Author

Jo Willetts, Director of Tax Resources at Jackson Hewitt, has more than 25 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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