Ask an Accountant: Affiliate Income

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Although tax season is over, tax questions arise year round. My husband is an experienced accountant and will be answering questions sent to me at with the subject line “Ask an Accountant”. See previous questions and answers HERE

I am a blogger who works with various affilate companies and vendors. Is it true that if one of them pays me less than $600 a year then I don’t have to claim that income?

No, that is not true. You have to claim everything you make. However, if you earn less than $600 from a company, they do not have to send you a 1099. Basically the company is not required to report it but you still should.

*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • Interesting! I thought less than $600 was not reported. I have a question, how much are you allowed to make off of a hobby?

  • I totally need your husbands help… being as I own a daycare in my home and have NO idea what to do about taxes and everything. I dont understand a bit.

  • I am an independent contractor (massage therapist) and loe when these articles pop up. It gives me answers to questions I haven’t even thought about yet! Thanks!


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