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These 4 Things Are Taxed, Even If You Don’t Think They Are

While most people are aware that wages and salaries are subject to taxes, several other sources of income may need to be clarified.

Many types of income can be taxed, from fringe benefits to rental income. In this blog post, we'll discuss 4 things that are taxed, even if you don't think they are.

Understanding these sources of taxable income can help you avoid surprises come tax season and ensure that you are properly reporting your income to the IRS.


In the United States, the gift tax applies to gifts exceeding the annual exclusion amount, currently $15,000 per recipient per year.

1. Certain Large Gifts

When filing your tax return, you must report these winnings to ensure compliance with tax laws.

2. Gambling Winnings

If you finalized your divorce before 2019, alimony payments made to a former spouse are considered taxable income for the recipient and tax-deductible for the payer.

3. Alimony Payments

While many scholarships and grants are tax-free, they can sometimes become taxable. If the funds are used for expenses other than tuition, fees, and required books or supplies, they may be taxable.

4. Scholarships and Grants

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