Crowdfunding and Taxes – Did You Know?
Crowdfunding has become one of the most popular ways to raise money for charities, businesses, and people enduring hardships. Depending on a variety of circumstances, money raised through a crowdfunding campaign may be either taxable or non-taxable.
In many cases, if people donate to a crowdfunding campaign and receive nothing in return, the IRS treats the donations as gifts. Therefore, the person who receives the funds may exclude them from their gross income for tax purposes. Also, if you organize a crowdfunding campaign for someone else’s benefit, you may exclude the funds raised from your own income, as long as you do not keep any of the money for yourself.
However, there are situations where funds received through crowdfunding are taxable, such as when an employer contributes to a campaign for an employee. Taxpayers generally must also report income received via crowdfunding if contributors get goods or services in exchange for their donations.
If the funds raised exceed $600 or contributors receive goods or services, you may get a Form 1099-K from the crowdfunding website. Receiving this form does not automatically mean that you have to report or pay tax on the money raised. A tax professional can help you determine whether you must report income from crowdfunding, whether the income is taxable, and how to properly handle Form 1099-K and any other tax documents you receive.