Tax Free Income


Yes, that’s correct, there are some forms of income you receive that may be tax-free. Here is a list of ten common sources of tax-free income.

1. Gifts

Gifts you receive are not taxable income to you. In fact, they are not subject to gift tax to the person giving the gift as long as the gifts received in one year from one person do not exceed $14,000.

2. Rental Income

If you rent your home or vacation cottage for up to 14 days, that rental income does not need to be reported.

3. Child Income

Up to the standard deduction amount ($6,350 in 2017) in earned income (wages) and $1,050 in unearned income (interest) for children is not taxed. Excess earnings above these amounts could be taxed and $2,100 in unearned income is taxed at the parent’s tax rate.

4. Inheritance

In most states, beneficiaries typically do not pay tax on the value of what they inherit. When inherited property is sold by the beneficiary, however, there may be a capital gains tax obligation.

5. Roth IRA Earnings

As long as you meet this retirement account type’s rules, earnings in a Roth IRA are not taxed.

6. Life Insurance Received

The full value of life insurance received is not taxable income. However, the proceeds may be taxable within the estate of the deceased policyholder.

7. Child Support Revenue

Income you receive as child support is not deemed to be taxable income. On the other hand, alimony received is taxable income.

8. Home Sales Gains

Up to $250,000 ($500,000 for married filing jointly) in gains on the sale of a qualified principal residence is not taxable.

9. Scholarships

Money received to cover tuition, fees, and books for degree candidates is not generally taxable.

9. Scholarships

Money received to cover tuition, fees, and books for degree candidates is not generally taxable.

10. Refunds

Federal refunds (technically you’ve already accounted for this income) and most state refunds for non-itemizers are also tax-free.

This is by no means a complete list of tax-free income, but it’s nice to know that some areas of tax law still benefit taxpayers.


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