I am a real estate associate (license in escrow and can refer buyers to agents). I happened to refer someone in 2016 and received a commission. I work full time as a business analyst so am not active in real estate. Preparing my 2016 taxes and TurboTax shows $0 under "Income from 1099-MISC" and instead put the commission amount under Schedule C. I checked that it's "commission from a payer that is not my employer" (assume that's correct for my situation). I had to enter a business code which I did. Now it wants to know if I played an active role in business operations. I assume it should be "no" as I only referred someone to another agent. Based on my specific situation, what is your recommendation? Thank you!
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