After entering the 1099-Misc
On the next screen Describe what the payment was for
On the next screen select "none of these apply"
On the next screen select "No it didn't involve work like my main job"
On the next screen select "I got it in 2017" ONLY. Do NOT say you will get it in 2018, even if you expect that you might.
On the next screen select No, it didn't involve intent to earn money
TT will put the amount on line 21 of form 1040 as other income.
Although theoretically you can deduct the some of the entry fess (up to $959, the amount of the winnings); from a practical matter, they won't be deductible. Hobby expenses are only deductible as an itemized deduction and are subject to the 2% of AGI threshold.
. (2% rule explained: https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2902781-what-is-the-2-rule)
Yes, entry fees may be reported as an expenses related to the 1099 income.
Normally, income like this is reported in Box 3 (Other Income) of Form 1099-MISC.
Enter Form 1099-MISC under Wages & Income >> Income from 1099-MISC. Indicate that this was not related to your job, and that you received it only this year, with no intent to earn money.
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You may report the costs associated with the 1099 income as miscellaneous itemized deductions (Other Deductible Expenses under Other Deductions & Credits). In this instance, the total expenses that you deduct cannot exceed the amount of income you received. But you will also not pay self-employment taxes on the income.