• DFSAccounting

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  • DFSAccounting

    @SkateFiend said...

    I downloaded the 1099 from the DK site. My question is somewhat related to timmytay1’s above – Is the amount in the other income section the total money I earned at DK, or is it the profit (meaning money I made minus entry fees)?


    To answer both of your questions, you are correct. The amount on your 1099-misc is netted with your entry fees. If you played on another site and had losses you can report them as an itemized deduction or as a business expense if you qualify as a business/ full time player.

  • tbird05

    @DFSAccounting said...

    That is a great question, with the IRS recently commenting on DFS winnings and considering it gambling winnings, you would record your Fanduel winnings as gambling winnings and draftkings losses. You can report it as a business but you need to review your playing style and see if it enables you to report as a business, ie. profit motive, amount invested (is it material to you), time invested (35+ a week) etc. You should also set you sessions based on your playing style as well. In this, case it looks like you set your session as a year long session.

    If he decides not to go the reporting as a business route, can he still net his FanDuel wins with DK losses? I think in the past we would just pay our taxes on the $13,000, despite actually being down $2,000 for the year. Has the IRS’s recent comments changed things?

  • SkateFiend

    I need some help reporting DFS winnings at Turbo Tax.

    I received a MISC 1099 from DK and put in the information in the wages and income section. They took out the tax I owe out of the refunds. But apparently Turbo Tax considers that as self employed business, and I even qualified for some tax breaks. And when I moved to my state tax Turbo Tax has my home address as my self employed business address and asks for additional info.

    I thought about reporting it as gambling, but….. I never received a W-2G. Did I do something wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

  • mambaland

    So according to the new law that starts next year any transactions that total 600 or more..NOT single transaction but total will generate a 1099? Is it considered goods and service when sites send you money? will it generate a tax form now? or did i read the entire thing wrong

  • monarch

    Anyone have an answer on this?

  • Pats7914

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    Just FYI for this thread. If the IRS audits you treating the whole gambling year as a session has ~0 chance of holding up. If DFS incomes is now considered gambling income the same will hold true for DFS, you would need to count your gross wins and deduct gross losses. There is leeway around sessions but you cannot just call a year a session, goes against ~ every IRS ruling ever

  • felixbb11

    Is there any benefit to reporting as a business if you had a net profit? Will the flax tax % (24%) be the same if you report it as a hobby?

  • DFSAccounting

    @felixbb11 said...

    Is there any benefit to reporting as a business if you had a net profit? Will the flax tax % (24%) be the same if you report it as a hobby?

    The benefits of the business are being able to deduct expenses (i.e. subscriptions, travel expenses) against the winnings/income. However, you would need to ensure that the DFS venture qualifies as a business under the IRS code.

  • yisman

    I have a call scheduled with DFSAccounting today.

    Draftkings reported the wrong information to the IRS (they claimed over 10 times the income I had) and now DK is refusing to help me.

    Every time I e-mail I get the copy/paste response:

    “Declaration and payment of all income taxes associated gaming winnings are the sole responsibility of the winner. All earnings are considered income and, as such, are taxed according to the applicable Federal, District, state and local laws. DraftKings cannot estimate your tax responsibility or answer questions about Federal, District, state or local exemptions, or tax calculations. You may want to consult a tax professional, government tax office, financial adviser or other appropriate professional for answers to your tax questions.”

  • wolfjb1

    Hey, DFS Accounting, I sent you a private message through RG. Can you check your in-box?

  • blackdirkdiggler

    I won a $970 qualifer ticket to play for an entry into the FWBC. Will I face a federal tax for it?

  • myb821

    Not exactly, when you enter the Qualifier DK counts it as if you entered $970 so if you lose the Q then your net is 0.

  • chdopo

    I was issued a 1099 from DK in 2019 and entered that for my taxes that year. PayPal also issued me a 1099K for those winnings, and the IRS just contacted me that I have to pay taxes on that too. Has anyone else encountered this? Can’t imagine I get double taxed on my DFS winnings.

  • gigglestick90

    If I have Stakes Wagered of $1,600 and Bet Winnings of $1,800 on just DraftKings, do I get taxed on just a net of $200 if I claim this is a year long session and just take the standard deduction or am I taxed on all of the $1,800. It just doesn’t make sense why I would be taxed on more than I win in the latter case.

  • johnnyflush

    Considering new Dynasty Rewards, anyone know what the tax implications would be for trading Crowns for Gift Cards or other merchandise? Doesn’t seem like that value should show up on the DraftKings 1099 as Other Income.

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