Question

I have a question regarding reporting jury duty taxes. I recently served on a jury and received payment for my service. Is the money I earned taxable — Is jury duty taxable income?

Answer

Yes. Like any other compensation you earn for providing a service, the compensation you receive for serving as a juror must be included when determining your gross income. Registered voters, licensed drivers and most property tax payers in the United States have the potential to receive a summons for jury duty at a local or federal court at some point. In return for your service during the jury selection process and during a trial, the court commonly pays you a token amount of money for each day of your service — jury duty pay. You must declare this payment and include it in your total taxable income on your annual federal tax return — jury duty taxes. The general tax rule requires you to report all jury duty pay on the “other income” line of your Form 1040. Note that the “other income” line asks for the type of income as well as the amount. On the dotted line, immediately before entering the total pay, write “Jury Duty.” You’ll report this income on Form 1040, Line 21.

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