Can I write off un-accepted questions for my U.S. Federal Income Tax? I don't want to pay for a "No", so don't waste your time or my money. I work in the electronics category, and have a lot of un-accepted questions. I realize that time is not considered, but being on a 1099 gets me thinking about taxes. I've been an expert since December 2011. So, what I want to do is write off the people that have gotten great answers (I know you know exactly what I'm talking about) but haven't paid. What do you do on your taxes to claim this money? This answer must be legal. Like I said, don't waste your time to give me an explanation of "No", I have had those already, but not from a tax professional. Your silence will tell me that. No rush, taxes aren't due.
State/Country relating to question: Washington
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Yes, you can deduct those questions - but it won't do you any good. To deduct them, you have to first claim the corresponding income. The income is equal to the expense, and therefore the net impact is zero taxable income. For instance, say you get a 1099 for $500. This represents questions that you already got paid for - Just Answer will only send you your 1099 for the amount of money they paid you. Say you had an additional $500 in questions you did not get paid for. You add the $500 in income that was not on your 1099 to your total income on your Schedule C. You then deduct the $500 as an "unanswered question" expense. It will show up on the "other" line. The net impact is zero.