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with Amy Wall

How to Fill Out a Schedule C Form : Hobby vs Business

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common types of gig activities
  • Recognize the difference between a trade/business and a hobby
  • Recognize when a Schedule C should be filed
  • Identify which types of Form 1099 are received by taxpayers to report income on a Schedule C
  • Explain when a business may be treated as a qualified joint venture


Course Overview

Course Details
  • Level: Beginner
  • Cost: Free
  • Field of Study: Taxes
  • Advanced Prep: None
  • Credit Type: CE & CPE
  • Credit Hours: 2
Course Description
Does it seem lately like every single client has some sort of side hustle requiring the filing of an IRS Schedule C Form, Profit or Loss From Business? You’re not alone. More and more, we’re seeing taxpayers engaged in a wide variety of gig activities. That leaves many wondering if their side hustle should be classified as a hobby or a business, especially when they are filling out an IRS Schedule C form.
This course examines the many gray areas that must be considered to correctly determine if an activity is a business or a hobby. Key to this determination is the 9-factor test the IRS and Tax Courts use when considering this situation in an audit or court case. We’ll use case studies to show how that 9-factor test can help us make the call.
Join this Canopy course now to better understand schedule C, the IRS 9-factor test and gain confidence in making the business vs hobby distinction.
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