Question

Renting a room in home VS sharing my home?

Is there a tax or income difference with renting out a room in my home or having roomates situation and share expenses in my home?

Are the payments considered income? I have read a few replies regarding is the rent considered income and taxable and have read totally opposite answers.

Does someone know for sure the USA/federal law regarding this question? Thank you

6 years ago - 2 answers

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. If you receive more than $599 per year from a non-family member, you need to tell the IRS. Usually that will be counted as ordinary income and you will pay tax.
No difference between renting out a room or having roommates ... if you are the home owner.

6 years ago

Other Answers

Yes, you must report the income (rent) regardless of whether you call it a roommate or a tenant, per the law, they are one and the same. You are also allowed to report expenses.

Rental income and expenses are reported on Form 1040, Schedule E.

www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc414.html

www.irs.gov/businesses/small/indust...

by Trouble - 6 years ago