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Income Tax on winnings from Lottery, Game Shows, Puzzle

Updated on Jan 05, 2021 – 02:42:19 PM

If you receive money from winning the lottery, Online/TV game shows etc., it will be taxable under the head Income from other Sources. The income will be taxable at the flat rate of 30% which after adding cess will amount to 31.2%.Incomes from following sources come under this category:

  • Lottery
  • Game Show or any entertainment programon television or electronic mode
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Gambling or betting
  • Races including Horse races.

TDS Applicability

If the Prize money exceeds Rs 10,000, then the winner will receive the prize money after the deduction of TDS @31.2% u/s 194B.It does not matter whether the income of the winner is taxable or not. The prize distributor is liable to deduct tax at the time of payment. In the case of winnings from horse races, TDS will be applicable if the amount exceeds Rs 10,000.

No Deduction/Expenditure is allowed from such Income

No deduction under section 80C or 80D or any other deduction/allowance is allowed from such income. The Benefit of basic exemption limit and income tax slab rate is also not applicable to this income. The entire amount received will be taxable at the flat rate of 31.20%.

For instance, Rahul has won the prize money of Rs 3 lakhs from a game show and he has an interest income of Rs 5 lakhs p.a.Then the tax liability would be calculated as per following:

Tax on Rs 3 lakhs @ 31.2%

Tax on Rs 5 lakhs as per income tax slab rates after claiming the relevant deductions.

Prize Money received in Kind

If the prizes are given in Kind say a car, then prize distributor shall ensure before releasing the prize that tax has been paid. Tax is paid as per the market value of the prize given. The prize distributor can either recover from the winner or he himself can bear the burden of tax.

For instance, Suman has won an Alto car in a contest whose market value is Rs 4 lakhs, then tax @ 31.2% which is Rs 1,24,800 must be paid before giving the car to the winner.

In cases where prize is given both in cash and kind, then the total tax should be calculated on the cash portion of the prize and on market value of the prize given in kind. And the tax amount should be deducted while giving the cash portion of the prize to the winner. But if the cash prize is not sufficient to cover the total tax liability, then either the winner or prize distributor should pay the deficit.

Find out which taxes on Lottery, crosswords and game shows are applicable on the prize money received. Check for TDS applicability.

Everything You Need to Know About Filing Taxes on Winnings

Updated for Tax Year 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states that you need to include all of your income on your tax return. Now, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll report the income from your job and your freelance work, but what about your lucky night at the casino or the big win from your fantasy football league? Here’s everything you need to know about taxes on winnings to file with a clear mind.

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Like all other taxable income, the IRS requires you to report prizes and winnings on your tax return, too. That means you might have to pay taxes on those winnings. Your winnings end up being included in your taxable income, which is used to calculate the tax you owe. But before you report your prize and gambling income, you need to know what does and doesn’t count as income.

Gambling and lottery winnings and losses

Whether you play the lottery, slots, blackjack, roulette or another game considered gambling, you must report all of your winnings even if you end up losing money overall.

The IRS states that you’re supposed to keep a diary or similar record that details your winnings and losses, which includes information such as:

  • The dates and types of specific wagers.
  • The amount you won or lost.
  • The address of the gambling establishment.
  • The names of other people present with you at the gambling establishment.

You should also keep other documentation that demonstrates your gambling activities such as,

  • bank withdrawals,
  • losing lottery tickets or
  • payment slips from the gambling establishment.

Depending on the size of your win, you may receive a Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings and may have federal income taxes withheld from your prize by the gambling establishment.

Gambling winnings are unique because you can also deduct your gambling losses and certain other expenses, but only in specific circumstances (see our article about this).

  • You don’t report your gambling income net of expenses, though.
  • Instead, you must report your gambling income and gambling expenses separately.
  • Unfortunately, losses can only be deducted if you itemize your deductions.

You don’t need to worry about which forms you need to fill out, though. TurboTax will ask you simple questions to get the necessary information to fill out the forms on your behalf based on your answers.

Other types of winnings

Casinos and lotteries aren’t the only ways you can win money or other prizes. If you’ve received any kind of income from the following sources, you’ll have to report it to the IRS, as well.

  • Cash prizes: If you enter a drawing and win $1,000, you’ve won a cash prize. Other ways to win cash prizes could include sweepstakes, a game show or reality TV competition. You’ll need to include all prizes as income on your tax return, even if they’re as small as a dollar.
  • Noncash prizes: The IRS considers noncash prizes as income you should report as well. Whether you win a $25 gift card to your favorite restaurant from a radio contest, a new TV, a year’s supply of a particular product, a luxury vacation for two to Europe or a brand-new car from a game show, you’re required to report the fair market value of these prizes as other income on your tax return.
  • Fantasy sports and pooled winnings:Fantasy sports and pooled winnings with friends, coworkers or anyone else also need to be reported. Your friends won’t issue you a Form 1099-MISC, or Form W-2G, but that doesn’t mean the income shouldn’t be reported.
  • Gifts: Gifts aren’t considered a form of winnings in the IRS’s eyes even if they’re a windfall for your situation. In the vast majority of cases, the donor is responsible for paying any gift tax required. However, it is possible for the person receiving the gift to agree to pay the tax instead.
  • Inheritance: When you receive an inheritance, you generally aren’t obligated to pay any taxes on it on the federal income tax level. That said, the estate of the deceased person may have to pay an estate tax before passing on your inheritance to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’ve already won the grand prize or think this is going to be your lucky year, it pays to have your questions answered before it comes time to file. Here are some of the most popular questions and what you need to know.

Is your tax bracket affected by what you win?

Your winnings are part of your taxable income, which determines what marginal tax bracket you fall into. Only the additional income in the higher tax brackets will be taxed at the higher rates. Any income that falls in the lower tax brackets will be taxed at the lower rates.

Are the tax rules different if you receive a lump-sum payout vs. a payout in pieces over time?

The rules regarding tax on winnings are the same whether the prize is issued in a lump-sum payout or in pieces over time. You report the income when you receive it. That said, the tax impacts can be different based on the year you receive the income because the amount of tax you pay is based on your total taxable income each year.

  • If you receive a large payout in a single payment, that payout could push you into higher marginal income tax brackets.
  • If you spread it out over multiple years, you may end up staying in lower tax brackets.

What if I didn’t receive a Form 1099-MISC or a Form W-2G?

It doesn’t matter if you receive a 1099-MISC or a W-2G reporting your winnings or not. You’ll still need to report all income to the IRS. You just have to add your unreported winnings amounts to the applicable lines on your tax return.

Thankfully, you don’t need to know where to place each item of unreported income on your tax return. TurboTax can help by asking simple questions to make sure you’re reporting all of your income and winnings that need to be reported.

How can you prepare yourself and your finances after you win but before you file your tax return?

After you win money, you should take steps to prepare for the potential tax impact. Ideally, you should set aside a portion of those winnings to cover the taxes you’ll owe, so you have the money when it’s time to pay your taxes.

Keep in mind, you can’t wait to pay taxes until the tax deadline if it’s over a certain amount. See the section “Do I need to pay estimated taxes” in our article “Estimated Taxes: How to Determine What to Pay and When” to determine if you meet these thresholds.

  • You’ll have to run the numbers, especially if you win a large amount of money, to see which marginal income tax bracket the winnings will fall in. Then you can estimate how much you’ll potentially owe.
  • TurboTax’s TaxCaster can help you estimate your taxes.
  • Depending on the size of the prize, you may want to make a quarterly estimated tax payment as well.

Your taxes have many moving parts that could result in a higher or lower amount owed than your estimate if things don’t go exactly as you plan. If you set aside too much money, you can always reclaim the money later, but if you don’t set aside enough, you may find yourself owing a big tax bill come tax time.

Remember, with TurboTax, we’ll ask you simple questions and fill out the right tax forms based on your answers to maximize your tax deductions.

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    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states that you need to include all of your income on your tax return. Now, it's a no-brainer that you'll report the income from your job and your freelance work, but what about your lucky night at the casino or the big win from your fantasy football league? Here's everything you need to know about taxes on winnings to file with a clear mind. ]]>