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tlehew68
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎02-10-2014

what do I need as proof of income if I am self employed?

I have been cleaning houses as my source of income and I need to know what to bring with me for my appointment to file my taxes & if I will have to pay for tax prep the day I file. I also have a 9 yr old son & I recieve child support which I'm sure isn't included as income.

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LaceyR
Posts: 358
Registered: ‎02-17-2014

Re: what do I need as proof of income if I am self employed?

Welcome to the community! A tax professional would be best to assist you with this. You can go to or call a local H&R Block office and speak with a tax professional, or if you are a software client you can connect with a tax professional within the product via chat or email. I hope this helps.

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MichaelS
Posts: 33
Registered: ‎02-04-2014

Re: what do I need as proof of income if I am self employed?

This year is going to be somewaht difficult. I assume you are paid in cash a lot.

The issue is that if you apply for EIC you should have proof of income.

 

In the future you should get a notebook and for everytime you clean a house you should put the name and address and how much you are paid.

 

You should also keep receipts and make a list of all cleaning supplies that you buy.

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AndrewF
Posts: 541
Registered: ‎01-20-2014

Re: what do I need as proof of income if I am self employed?

Anyone running a business needs to keep good records of income and expenses.

 

If you do a lot of business where you are paid in cash, there are carbon copy receipt books there that you can use. You can give clients a copy and keep one for yourself.

 

Deposited checks are recorded by banks, so that's another option to improve your tracking of income.

 

If you have business checking and a business credit card, then showing your income and expenses is going to be a lot easier. 

 

There is also a great deal of accounting software out there to help you keep track of income and expenses--some of it even works on smartphones.

 

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All tax advice is general. Please consult with a tax pro to receive advice specific to your tax situation.