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Cash Work in Texas

How should I file my taxes?

I work at my family's resale shop, they pay me and everyone else cash (under the table). They don't file business taxes or anything like that. They have no intention to report their income or file anything, I've tried to convince them but they won't do it. Due to Covid this is the only work I can do right now, my husband is unemployed so I cant afford to quit. I want to file my earnings, what should I do? We're in Texas and I make 1300 a month.

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Level 15

Cash Work in Texas

YOU need to file a return properly no matter what your other tax dodging relatives are doing ...  


How do I report income from self-employment?

If you received a 1099-MISC for your self-employed income

Type 1099-misc in the Search box and then select the Jump to link. This will take you directly to the section where you can enter your 1099-MISC. You’ll also be able to enter any cash, personal checks, credit card payments, or cryptocurrency (Form 1099-K) related to your self-employment.

If your self-employment income was only from cash, personal checks, credit card payments, or cryptocurrency 

Type Schedule C in the Search box and then select the Jump to link. This will take you to where you can enter any cash, personal checks, credit card payments, or cryptocurrency (Form 1099-K) related to your self-employment. You may first be asked some general questions about your business. After you answer them, you’ll be taken to the Let's get income for (your line of work) screen where you can enter this income as Additional Income.




If you are new to being self employed, are not incorporated or in a partnership  and  are acting as your own bookkeeper and tax preparer you need to get educated ....  

If you have net self employment income of $400 or more you have to file a schedule C in your personal 1040 return for self employment business income. You may get a 1099-Misc for some of your income but you need to report all your income.  So you need to keep your own good records. Here is some reading material……

IRS information on Self Employment…. 

Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business 

Publication 535 Business Expenses 


Publication 463 Travel, Gift, and Car Expenses



Home Office Expenses … Business Use of the Home

Publication 946 … Depreciation


There is also QuickBooks Self Employment bundle you can check out which includes one Turbo Tax Self Employed return and will help you keep up in your bookkeeping all year along with calculating the estimated payments needed ....

Self Employment tax (Scheduled SE) is generated if a person has $400 or more of net profit from self-employment on Schedule C.  You pay 15.3% for 2017 SE tax on 92.35% of your Net Profit greater than $400.  The 15.3% self employed SE Tax is to pay both the employer part and employee part of Social Security and Medicare.  So you get social security credit for it when you retire.  You do get to take off the 50% ER portion of the SE tax as an adjustment on line 27 of the 1040.  The SE tax is already included in your tax due or reduced your refund.  It is on the 1040 line 57.  The SE tax is in addition to your regular income tax on the net profit.

For SE self employment tax - if you have a net profit (after expenses) of $400 or more you will pay 15.3% for 2017  SE Tax on 92.35% of your net profit in addition to your regular income tax on it. So if you have other income like W2 income your extra business income might put you into a higher tax bracket.

You must make quarterly estimated tax payments for the current tax year (or next year) if both of the following apply:
- 1. You expect to owe at least $1,000 in tax for the current tax year, after subtracting your withholding and credits. 
- 2. You expect your withholding and credits to be less than the smaller of: 
    90% of the tax to be shown on your current year’s tax return, or 
  100% of the tax shown on your prior year’s tax return. (Your prior year tax return must cover all 12 months.)

To prepare estimates for next year, You can just type W4 in the search box at the top of your return , click on Find. Then Click on Jump To and it will take you to the estimated tax payments section. Say no to changing your W-4 and the next screen will start the estimated taxes section.

OR Go to….
Federal Taxes or Personal (H&B version)
Other Tax Situations
Other Tax Forms
Form W-4 and Estimated Taxes - Click the Start or Update button


Level 15
Level 15

Cash Work in Texas

You should file as married filing jointly. You report all of your own income and all of your husband's income on your joint tax return. Your husband probably had some income, either from working earlier in the year, before he became unemployed, or from unemployment benefits. But even if he had no income at all you should file as married filing jointly.

Since Texas has no income tax, you only have to file a federal tax return, not a state tax return.

Are you asking about 2019 or 2020? It's too late to file with TurboTax Online for 2019. If you have not yet filed your 2019 tax return, you have to use the CD/Download TurboTax software for 2019.

Make sure you keep all of your financial activity, including anything you own, completely separate from your tax-evading family's finances. If the IRS ever catches up with them, they will owe a huge amount of back taxes and penalties. If they can't pay it all (or resist paying) the IRS could put a lien on their home, and possibly seize their bank account, their shop, or anything else that they own. You don't want to get caught up in any of that.


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