Submitted By: Tina
Answered: July 8, 2016 9:25 am

I won a new car. Do I have to pay taxes on it?

Yes. The big question is how much income do you have to report? Likely you’ll receive Form 1099-MISC or other information return listing the value of the car that the IRS wants you to report as income. However, one Tax Court case allowed the winner to report only the amount that could be realized on an immediate resale of the car. Consult your own tax professional for advice on how to report your prize.

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Tax Glossary


A fixed deduction allowed to every taxpayer, except those who may be claimed as a dependent by another person. Extra exemption deductions are allowed for a spouse on a joint return and for each qualifying dependent. A deduction of $3,400 is allowed for each exemption claimed on 2007 returns, but the deduction is phased out for certain high income individuals.

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