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mms4evert
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We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

 
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GeoffreyG
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We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

You shouldn't need to file a Canadian tax return(s) under these circumstances, and for the dollar amounts of income, you describe.

To help you make the determination of whether you need to file in Canada, though, you can look to the following (2) sources:  the official Canada Revenue Agency's website, and a TurboTax FAQ website that we run, and which contains much the same information.  Here are those links:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/flng-blgtns/menu-eng.html


https://turbotax.intuit.ca/tax-resources/tax-compliance/what-are-the-income-tax-filing-requirements-...


If you've not received any official tax forms or notices from Canada, withholding statements, or such similar documentation, then at your level of income you shouldn't need to bother with filling out a Canadian tax return(s).  In other words, you are below the minimum filing threshold for owing any income tax in Canada, so there would be no point in filing a tax return there as a United States citizen.

That said, you should still report (as you are legally required to do so) all of your $1,700 worth of self-employment earnings on your United States tax return.  Specifically, you will report that income on Form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment tax on Schedule SE.

It is noted from your question that you're already using the TurboTax Home & Business version of the program.  That's good, because this is exactly the program version you'll need to use to correctly process and report your summer self-employment income.

Thanks for asking this interesting question.

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GeoffreyG
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We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

You shouldn't need to file a Canadian tax return(s) under these circumstances, and for the dollar amounts of income, you describe.

To help you make the determination of whether you need to file in Canada, though, you can look to the following (2) sources:  the official Canada Revenue Agency's website, and a TurboTax FAQ website that we run, and which contains much the same information.  Here are those links:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/flng-blgtns/menu-eng.html


https://turbotax.intuit.ca/tax-resources/tax-compliance/what-are-the-income-tax-filing-requirements-...


If you've not received any official tax forms or notices from Canada, withholding statements, or such similar documentation, then at your level of income you shouldn't need to bother with filling out a Canadian tax return(s).  In other words, you are below the minimum filing threshold for owing any income tax in Canada, so there would be no point in filing a tax return there as a United States citizen.

That said, you should still report (as you are legally required to do so) all of your $1,700 worth of self-employment earnings on your United States tax return.  Specifically, you will report that income on Form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment tax on Schedule SE.

It is noted from your question that you're already using the TurboTax Home & Business version of the program.  That's good, because this is exactly the program version you'll need to use to correctly process and report your summer self-employment income.

Thanks for asking this interesting question.
mms4evert
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We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

Thanks for your input! One more question - do I just ignore the question "Do you have foreign earned income?"
GeoffreyG
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We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

Yes; just ignore that TurboTax question and answer "No."  However, as recommended above, and also as indicated by @VolvoGirl, please remember to include the income in full on your USA tax return.
mms4evert
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We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

Yes, I have done that. Thanks again!

We are self-employed and earned about $1700 in Canada this summer. We have received no forms from Canada. What do we need to file?

Add it as cash income, General Income on schedule C.

After it asks if you received any 1099Misc it will ask if you had any income not reported on a 1099Misc. You should be keeping your own records.  Just go through the interview and answer the questions.   Then you will enter your expenses.
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