Yes. You will be considered Self-Employed and in the dog walking business yourself.
Most people get a Form 1099-MISC in the mail when they do contract or freelance work and make over $600.
If you didn't receive a 1099-MISC, you can report other income simply by following the instructions below:
1. Sign into your TurboTax account.
2. Click Pick up where I left off (if not already open)
3. Click Federal Taxes tab
4. Click Wages & Income subcategory.
5. Select I'll choose what I work on option.
6. Scroll all the way down to the Miscellaneous Income, 1099-A, 1099-C (under less common income) and click Start/Update.
7. Click Start/Update next to Other income not already reported on a Form W-2 or Form 1099 and follow the online screen prompts to enter your income. (See the attached screenshot below. Click to enlarge.)
Below are some common expenses most self-employed taxpayers will want to review. Followed by possible dog walker expenses:
- Communication costs, for example, cell phones, data plans, internet or wireless services, land or fax lines, long-distance charges, voicemail or answering services, call waiting, etc.
- If also used for personal reasons (for example, internet service), then only the proportion used in business is allowed as an expense
- Office supplies (paper, toner, writing instruments, etc.), software, stamps, envelopes, shipping materials, cleaning supplies
- Any licenses or permits that are required for your profession
- Fees and membership dues you paid to professional associations or unions
- Continuing education or certification related to your work
- Mileage accumulated during the course of your work
- However, regularly commuting to and from a fixed office wouldn't qualify
- Advertising costs, including business cards and websites
- Fees for attorneys, consultants, accountants, and other professionals
- Liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, surety bonds
- Credit card and bank fees
- Health care premiums
As a self-employed dog walker, here are some possible additional expenses you can deduct, in addition to those listed above:
- vet tech certification or training
- Miscellaneous supplies such as leashes, food, toys, treats
- Liability insurance
- Advertising, including websites
- Cell phones, data plans, second phone line
- Vehicle expenses or standard mileage
- Licenses and permits, membership dues
Please feel free to post any additional details or questions in the comment section.
I have the same question. My daughter worked for a dog walking company, and made under $600 and didn't receive a 1099-Misc. I followed the instructions you had above. Do I complete the Form SS-8 and submit it separately to the IRS, or will it be included when I file my daughters federal taxes?
Also, how do I report this information on my PA State taxes if my daughter earned this income in a different state? Do I need to still report it on my PA state?
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