TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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What is Form W-2G?

Money you won while gambling is usually reported on Form W2-G, Certain Gambling Winnings. Gambling losses can be deducted if you itemize, but only up to the amount you reported winning.

For example, if you fed your local casino's slot machines $200 last year and won $50 of it back, you'd report $50 in winnings. You could then deduct $50 in losses (essentially wiping out $50 of taxable income) but only if you itemize.

On the other hand, if you don't itemize, or if the casino kept the entire $200, you cannot deduct anything.

After you enter all your W-2Gs in TurboTax, we'll ask you to enter your gambling losses.

For more about how gambling income and losses can affect your tax return, watch this IRS video: