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Winning money at a casino, sportsbook, or via the lottery is a rollercoaster ride with its inevitable up and downs. Yes, it is undeniably exciting to win and stash a little extra cash in your pocket. But the downside that many forget in the heat of the moment, is that you owe taxes on those winnings, and if those taxes are not disclosed on your annual tax return or paid in full, you could end up with plenty of problems with the IRS. They will not hesitate to collect what is owed to them and more, should you profit from gambling winnings.

What Constitutes Gambling Winnings?

The IRS only requires people to pay taxes on a certain amount of the money that they win through gambling. These amounts vary, based on how the money is won. Here is a general breakdown to keep in mind when at the casino or racetrack:

Life can get busy, and sometimes, things slip your mind, especially when you’re moving in eighteen different directions at the same time. However, when that “something” consists of your tax returns, you could be in quite a bit of trouble with both the state and the IRS. Even if you regularly pay taxes and should be receiving a refund every year, you still need to file your returns by the deadlines set forth by both the Federal Government and the government of the state in which you reside. Otherwise, you face having to pay steep penalties, having your refund check delayed, and other serious issues. If you owe back taxes, you could face even more severe financial ramifications, such as having liens placed on your property or having your bank accounts levied.

What to Do If You Haven’t Filed Your Taxes in Years

No matter the reason is as to why you haven’t filed your taxes, it’s important that you take the first step necessary to remedying the situation. Although you should always seek the help of a professional tax expert who can walk you through the situation and negotiate with the IRS or state on your behalf, there are some initial actions that you can take on your own.

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