Gambling winnings are fully taxable and must be reported on your tax return. You must
file Form 1040 and include all of your winnings on line 21.
Gambling income includes, but is not limited to, winnings from lotteries, raffles, horse
races, and casinos, as well as the fair market value of prizes such as cars and trips.
If you receive $600 or more in gambling winnings, the payer generally is required to
issue you a Form W-2G. If you have won more
than $5,000, the payer generally is required to withhold 28% of the proceeds for Federal
You can deduct gambling losses only if you itemize deductions. Claim your gambling
losses as a miscellaneous deduction on Schedule A, Form 1040.
However, the amount of losses you deduct cannot be more than the amount of gambling
income you have reported on your return. It is important to keep an accurate diary or
similar record of your gambling winnings and losses. To deduct your losses, you must be
able to provide receipts, tickets, statements or other records that show the amount of
both your winnings and losses. Order Publication 529, Miscellaneous
Deductions, for information on record keeping.
For additional information, order Publication 525, Taxable
and Nontaxable Income, by calling 1-800-829-3676.
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