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    SAHM file taxes with husband for past 2 years. I pick up small seasonal gigs from same company (summer/fall/some times winter) plus temporary work here from different staffing agencies for some extra spending money.

    Side gig 1 , this year and last year will have worked through 2 different staffing agencies but with employment gaps greater than 30 days therefore it cannot count.

    But for side gig 2
    2 + yrs I have worked the same seasonal small gig (summer and fall) for a little bit of cash (direct deposited) and the opportunity presents itself again this year at around the same times.

    The amount is minuscule enough that it didn’t/doesn’t have to be reported as income.

    Can that income be counted or will my not having it on our taxes or a 1099 for it preclude its inclusion?

    In other words, would that income now be counted towards our household budget/expenses thereby giving my husband the ability to make payment shock (if he were to fall short this month or that month)


    Hello frankysmom,

    I’m afraid that income won’t be able to be counted either. The lack of inclusion on your taxes will stop it, plus the fact that (I assume) that there was no written guarantee for the job to repeat this year.

    Had there been a written guarantee that you would have the job the following year it MIGHT have been able to be counted (the same way we are able to use the income of teachers who are only employed nine months per year), but the income would have been spread over the course of 12 months, so the effect might have been smaller than even you were anticipating.

    Tim Trumble
    Online Operations, NACA

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