Tax Help for Gamblers – Fourth Edition


Whether you’re a do-it-yourself tax filer or you use a tax professional, Tax Help for Gamblers is an indispensable guide to staying on the right side of the taxman.

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The complete tax implications of winning and losing at gambling are pretty much a mystery to accountants, gamblers, and even the Internal Revenue Service itself. The IRS offers surprisingly few details to guide gamblers through the tax maze. Furthermore, what the IRS does say is often general, vague, open to individual interpretation, and contradictory; IRS publications and personnel often leave you with more questions than answers.

Tax Help for Gamblers deals with the innumerable nuances and gray areas of gambling and taxes, including a few changes implemented in the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. It covers all the whys and wherefores of this complex subject, such as tax-code specifics, record-keeping, filing your tax return, state-tax considerations, audits and other tax problems — often citing relevant court cases to serve as a foundation for your conclusions. Numerous charts and forms help you with the practical application of the information.

This book is for recreational and professional gamblers, including low and high rollers, machine and table-game players, and video poker, live poker, online, international, and cruise ship players.

Do you know the answers to these questions?

  • When must you show official ID in a casino?
  • When must you show your Social Security card in a casino?
  • How should you report the W-2Gs and 1099s a casino gives you?
  • Do you need a gambling diary if you?have win/loss statements from all the casinos where you’ve played?
  • Are you safe from an IRS audit if you’ve received no paperwork from a casino?
  • Must you account for gambling wins on your tax return if you’re a net loser for the?year?
  • Can you get a refund for taxes withheld from a jackpot hit in?a state in which you aren’t a resident?

If you don’t, you should. And you will by the time you’re finished with Tax Help for Gamblers.

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About The Author(s)

JEAN SCOTT is the author of five books in the Frugal Gambler series, stressing a sensible approach to casino gambling that has garnered her thousands of fans and media attention. After being named the “Queen of Comps” by Dan Rather when she appeared on “48 Hours,” she became a popular speaker and television personality. She and Brad live in Las Vegas and have been a successful gambling team for more than 30 years. Her website is and she writes a blog at

MARISSA CHIEN is an Enrolled Agent and the president of her own firm, Advantage Tax Plus, Inc, where she provides tax-accounting, financial-planning, and wealth-management services to her clients. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has had hundreds of individual and corporate clients, including poker champions and many professional gamblers like Jean Scott. She has limited availability for private consultations and can be reached at (702) 207-1040 or email at [email protected]

RUSSELL FOX is an Enrolled Agent and is the founder and senior partner of Clayton Financial and Tax, a tax preparation and representation firm. He received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MBA from the University of Southern California. He is the author of one book on taxes and co-author of three books on poker. He maintains a tax blog at; his website is at He can be reached at (702) 750-1757 or by email at [email protected]

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