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Is My Tip Income Taxable?

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This interview will help you to determine whether the income you received in the form of tips is taxable. The interview only addresses the receipt of tips from one employer. If tips were received from more than one employer or if you received tips as a self-employed person in addition to receiving tips as an employee, repeat the topic by selecting the "Start Over" link when the interview is finished.

Information You'll Need:

  • Amount of tips received (estimate of monthly tip income)
  • Forms W-2

The tool is designed for use by taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring about. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 10 minutes; however, after 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

Please Note: Using the "Back" button within the ITA tool could cause an application error.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 24-Feb-2017