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Since Professional Game Master is still a relatively new field, there isn't much guidance out there when it comes to filing your taxes. While the specifics of what you can expense and if you should register as a business are a matter for you and your accountant, we can tell you how StartPlaying handles your income information

You Are A 1099-Contractor

First things first: you are not an employee of StartPlaying. Game Masters are categorized as independent contractors. That means that you won't be getting a W-2, and that StartPlaying hasn't deducted any of your earnings to account for taxes. Instead, you will receive a 1099-K form if you made $600 or more over the calendar year.

What's On The 1099-K

The 1099-K form is a record of payments processed through cards. That's the primary way StartPlaying collects payment from players. The form will break down how much you earned during each month of the previous calendar year as well as present a total gross amount.

One important thing to note is that your 1099-K only shows the amount you were paid out by StartPlaying. As you know, your game earnings are initially collected in a balance in your StartPlaying account. You have to manually go to the "Payout" section of your account and request a payout to send the money to your bank account. Only these payouts are counted towards your taxable income and recorded on the 1099-K.

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