You'll report your babysitting income as self-employment income.
To enter your babysitting income in TurboTax:
- Open (continue) your return in TurboTax Online. (If your return isn't open, you'll need to sign in, click Take me to my return, then click Pick up where I left off.)
- Click My Account (top right of your screen).
- Click Tools.
- Click Topic Search.
- In the search bar, type self-employment.
- In the results box, highlight self-employment income, then click GO.
- You'll land on Did you have any self-employment income or expenses? Click Yes. (Click the first screenshot below for reference.)
- You'll be prompted to Tell us the type of self-employment work you do. Enter a work description (for example, babysitting) and click Continue. Important: If this is a joint return, be sure to indicate that the babysitting income belongs to you. (Click the second screenshot below for reference.)
- Let's get income for Your Work. Select the option that applies to you. (Click the third screenshot below for reference.) For example, check the second option, Additional income, if you were paid with cash or checks. After you select an option, click Continue.
- Tell us about additional income for your work. Enter a Description (for example, cash) and an Amount. If needed, click +Add another group. For example, you can add a separate entry for checks. (Click the fourth screenshot below for reference.) When finished entering this info, click Continue.
- Continue following the onscreen instructions to complete this section.
Please note: If you are using the TurboTax CD/Download software, you'll use the Find function (instead of "My Account") to search for the topic.
Am I considered self-employed? https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/4771022
If I didn't get a 1099-MISC, do I still need to report the income? Even if it's less than $600? https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/4772601
@tonyahall The screen shot is gone because the reply in this thread is too old. It migrated over from the old user forum in 2019 and might be a lot older than 2019.
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I have the 2020 home and business . Would this be under miscellaneous income under personal? I tried to put it under business and there’s nowhere to put it there. She does have car expenses which I put under the business part. I tried what you said up above but that only says it’s for farm stuff or notary work.
This income is correctly reported as self-employment income. Report this income by following these steps.
- Click on Federal Taxes at the top of the screen.
- Click on Wages & Income across the top of the screen.
- Under How do you want to enter your income? click on I’ll choose what I work on.
- Under Your 2020 Income Summary, go down to Business Items.
- Click to the right of Business Income and Expenses.
- At the screen Did you have any income and expenses for a business in 2020? click Yes.
TurboTax will ask questions and guide you in establishing the business and reporting business income and expenses.
See also this TurboTax Help.
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Babysitting income is treated as self-employment income.
You will use Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business to report your income and expenses.
Follow these steps to enter your business information in TurboTax.
- Open or continue your return
- Search for schedule c and click the Jump to link in the search results.
- Answer Yes to Did you have any self-employment income or expenses
- Follow the onscreen instructions.
Click on the link for more information