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jareflier
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I won money while gambling in Aruba. I was not issued any type of documentation. I had the winnings wired to my bank in the US. Is this money taxable?

My bank, a tax accountant and a retired IRS attorney all  believe I do not have a tax obligation in the US for this money, but that does not seem right.
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MargaretL
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I won money while gambling in Aruba. I was not issued any type of documentation. I had the winnings wired to my bank in the US. Is this money taxable?

As a U.S. citizen/resident, you are taxed on a worldwide income, income from sources outside of the U.S. is reported.  In terms of the gambling winnings, It makes no difference where you win, within or outside the United States, gambling winning must be included on your tax return.

Per IRS: "Foreign income. If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, you must report income from sources outside the United States (foreign income) on your tax return unless it is exempt by U.S. law". Gambling winnings are not exempt unfortunately. 

To enter gambling winning:

1. Federal Taxes (Personal Tab in Home & Business)

2. Wages & Income (Personal Income in Home & Business)

3. Scroll down to Less Common Income

4. Select Gambling Winnings - select yes to do Did you win money or prizes from gambling or lotteries, select skip W2-G (since you don't have one), enter your gambling winnings; you will be asked about your gambling losses.

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