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Get your taxes done using TurboTax

Here's how to enter a 1099-MISC with income in box 3 in TurboTax so that it is reported as "other income" on Schedule 1 line 21.

  • Click Federal Taxes.
  • Click Wages & Income.
  • Click "I'll choose what I work on" or "Jump to a full list."
  • On the screen "Your 2018 Income Summary," scroll down to the section "1099-MISC and Other Common Income." Click the Start button for "Income from Form 1099-MISC."
  • The next screen asks "Did you get a 1099-MISC?" Click Yes.
  • On the next screen enter the information from the 1099-MISC form, then click Continue.

TurboTax will now ask a series of questions about the 1099-MISC income. Answer as follows, even if some of the answers aren't true.

  • "Describe the reason for this 1099-MISC." - It doesn't matter what you enter. Enter a short description such as "Pension." Click Continue. You will see this description used in some of the subsequent questions, but it will not appear on your tax return.
  • "Does one of these uncommon situations apply?" - Select the last choice, "None of these apply," and click Continue.
  • "Did the Pension involve work that's like your main job?" - Select No and click Continue.
  • "How often did you get income for Pension?" - "I got it in 2018" will already be checked. Don't check any of the other boxes. Just click Continue.
  • "Did the Pension involve an intent to earn money?" - Select No and click Continue.

This will report the income as "other income" on Form 1040 line 21 with the description "Other Income from box 3 of 1099-Misc." It will not be subject to self-employment tax.

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