One of the most frequently asked by lots of gamblers or other persons who want to open a casino is linked to the IRS. Nowadays casinos report all of your winnings to the IRS. Will you get your money after all the taxes apply or do you have to pay? To answer all of these questions, our team prepared an in-depth article that explains how things actually work. Make sure to read it carefully and do things the right way! Let’s dive into the subject!
How Gambling Winnings Are Taxed
Before explaining how your winnings from an India casino operator are reported, you should know what’s IRS and what’s the mission it has to fulfill. The IRS is well known as The Internal Revenue Service and it has to deal with taxes. Their field includes the taxpayer service, the tax return processing and lastly, the tax enforcements.
In regards of gambling, the winnings you just hit are taxed by the IRS. A part of your winnings – a small percentage – is withheld. All the winnings you gain are considered to be taxable income. That means that you don’t go home with all the money.
In some cases, not all the winnings that are gained from casino games like slots, bingo or keno are taxable. You should check the laws before wanting to withdraw your money. Usually, a tax of 24% is applied on the amount you earned on a lucky gambling session. Please note that besides money, you can also win physical prizes. They will be taxable to.
Note that the casinos will send you the W-2G document when you win more than 600 USD. That’s the equivalent of 44,504 INR.
Reporting Gambling Winnings
Usually, the winnings are reported through a W-2G document. In that document, you have to complete personal data such as the tax identification number, phone number, name, surname, address and so on. If your state doesn’t use the W-2G document, you’ll have to complete a nonresident alien document called 1040-NR.
The list of the games that are taken in consideration to pay the winning taxes are lotteries, og/horse races, other types of betting, raffles or different tournaments (slots, poker, blackjack, and so on).
Example of how taxes work
After that, a percent of money is deducted to the IRS and the other part to our own wallet. For instance, if you just managed to win 500,000 INR, 24% will go to the IRS which means 12.000 INR. Deduct from the 500,000 INR the 120.000 INR and you’ll remain with 380,000 INR in your wallet. Players who don’t provide the social security number will be taxed with 28% and the nonresidents with 30%.
Do Casinos Report Gambling Winnings to the IRS?
Yes! All casinos have to report the gambling winnings to the IRS based on the type of game they are playing. Do not forget that gambling winnings are considered to be a taxable income, and the casino will take a percentage out of them. Then, that amount of money is reported to the IRS. But, which games and how much money do you have to win for that to happen? Let’s take a closer look at the next list and see the percentage taken by the IRS.
- Horse Racing – taxable when you win 300x than your bet. The sum of money is usually ranked at 44.000 INR to be taxable
- Slot Machine – You have to win at least 89.000 INR for the casino to report the winning to IRS
- Bingo Games – same as the slot machines winnings described above
- A Poker Tournament – when a player win 370.061 INR, the winnings is reported
Are Gambling Losses Deductible?
The gambling losses are deductible only if you itemize them. For instance, if you are a professional player, the chances for you to take back some of your losses are high. But, even if you are not a PRO, you still have a chance to take some of your money back. Just make sure to keep track of both your winnings and losses.
You will need documents like the W-2G, the 5754 form, your credit records, and the bills/receipts given by the casino you are playing at. If you played poker, your records should prove the money you played (win or lose), who were the other gamblers at the table, and the address of the casino. Please note that based on your losses, the loss deductions are limited. That means that you will NOT take back all the money you lose, but a part of it.
Note that you must report all of your winnings before asking for a deduction!
Do the States Tax Gambling Winnings?
Yes, states do that! Let’s take an example. In India, when a punter wins more than 10.000 INR, the state withholds 30%. That amount of money is deducted from the winnings and reported using a TDS file. This document is also known as Tax Deducted at Source.
Apart from India, most of the states will tax gambling. It means that no matter where you are from, the taxes must be paid. Those who don’t report them will have legal problems, and they may be fined according to the laws.
Now that you know that casinos and you have the obligation to report the winnings to the IRS, keep track of all of your spendings. Make sure to complete the forms correctly and wait for the rest of the money to enter your account. Also, if you have any questions feel free to ask for help from the parties that work with taxes.