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Gambling loss filing joint

if husband had $1443 W-2G win, can we declare both spouse losses to offset winnings.  or just losses from the winning person.  if filing jointly married?
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Gambling loss filing joint

Just losses from the individual with the winnings if you itemize.

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Gambling loss filing joint

How can gambling wins  be counted towards joint  income but not count towards joint losses, when jointly filing married. Hoping this isn’t true. That’s just another irs double standard. just like they need to make a new law that people who can’t itemize for whatever reason can’t claim the losses against the wins! Can you all say revision!

Gambling loss filing joint

It really makes no difference.   When you file a joint return all of your income is combined.   Gambling losses are an itemized deduction.  If you do not have enough itemized deductions to exceed your standard deduction, the gambling losses have no effect at all.   




To enter the W-2G  or other documents For your Gambling winnings--Go to Federal>Wages & Income>Less Common Income>Gambling Winnings

You can enter your winnings, and then keep clicking through the interview to enter gambling losses.




Gambling winnings are taxable income.  Losses are an itemized deduction.  If you do not have enough itemized deductions to exceed your standard deduction, your losses will have no effect.










SINGLE $12,550  (65 or older + $1700)


MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY $12,550  (65 or older + $1350)


MARRIED FILING JOINTLY $25,100  (65 or older + $1350 per spouse)


HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD  $18,800  (65 or older +$1700)


Legally Blind + $1350


**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
New Member

Gambling loss filing joint

I can itemize I’m just saying combined income;  combined losses, any other way is a double sword for the IRS

Level 15

Gambling loss filing joint

The original answer is wrong.  You are allowed to deduct the spouse's losses, when filing a joint return.


Refrence: https://www.thetaxadviser.com/issues/2007/jun/establishingbasisforgamblinglosses.html

"20. Regs. Sec. 1.165-10 states, “Losses sustained during the taxable year on wagering transactions shall be allowed as a deduction but only to the extent of the gains during the taxable year from such transactions. In the case of a husband and wife making a joint return for the taxable year, the combined losses of the spouses from wagering transactions shall be allowed to the extent of the combined gains of the spouses from wagering transactions.”

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