Are PayPal fees tax deductible? If you are a freelancer or small business that uses PayPal to collect payments for services, this is an important question for you during tax time. Simply put, PayPal fees add up. Every time you receive money through PayPal, the fees are deducted from your payments.
Yes, PayPal fees related to collecting money from customers or clients and operating your business are, in fact, deductible and will reduce taxable income. Let's explore which processing fees you can deduct when you do your PayPal taxes.
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Fees are calculated based on the transaction's TOTAL AMOUNT. PayPal deducts their charge from the Total Amount and puts the leftover balance into your PayPal Account when someone pays you. After you've received the cash, you can use them however you wish, such as withdrawing them to a bank account, requesting a paper check, or making an online transaction.
For instance, if you sold an item for $100 and the total amount of the sale was $100, you'll receive the payment minus the fees. PayPal processing fees given to your business can be reported on Schedule C as Business Income, usually as "Other Income."
Similarly, the PayPal fees you pay are shown as "Other Expenses" under "Business Expenses."
Here are all the transaction rates/processing fees you can write off as a loss if you use PayPal to receive business-related payments.
These PayPal payment fee types are all tax deductible.
It's important to keep receipts (digital or physical) of expenses or deductions to limit how much you pay Uncle Sam. On top of processing fees from PayPal, you can claim many more deductions as a self-employed business.
Let's review some of the other expenses you can deduct.
Remember, in order to write off expenses, you have to claim the income to the IRS. They also have to be a reasonable expense related to your business. You cannot claim a course you took, that is not related to your profession.
If you sell products on eBay as a hobby, you do not need to file self-employment taxes. Hobby income is considered to be personal income, and not business income. The Internal Revenue Service has specific guidelines to when income is considered business versus hobby. Although you do not have to file self-employment tax, you'll still need to claim income tax on the money you earn as a hobby.
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We always recommend you seek the advice of a tax professional if you have any questions related to filing your tax return.