You might not think of yourself as self-employed, especially if you work for an employer. However, if you got paid to do work for someone who isn't your employer, it counts as self-employment income. This could include earnings from side jobs like babysitting, driving, handyman work, web design, and so on.
Self-employment income is often reported on a 1099-NEC or 1099-K, but never on a W-2.
Deduct Expenses Using TurboTax Self-Employed or TurboTax Live Self-Employed
If you have expenses in your self-employment work like your mobile phone, mileage, use of a home office and others, that's where TurboTax Self-Employed comes in. We help you organize and quickly enter your expenses and help you get every last dollar you deserve.
If you want to include expenses on your return and lower your tax bill, you'll need to use TurboTax Self-Employed. You can also get tax expert or CPA advice along the way and a final review of your return before filing with TurboTax Live Self-Employed.
We've designed TurboTax Self-Employed to meet the specific needs of independent contractors, freelancers and consultants.
If you’re working in TurboTax Self-Employed, but decide it isn't for you, you can clear your return and start over with a different TurboTax product.