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New Freelancer- how does reporting income work?

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Carly M Member Since: Oct 7, 2018
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Hello, I am new to upwork and just looking to make some extra cash on the side as a freelancer. I have various serious illnesses that I am fighting right now, including Lupus, and I am struggling to afford things with the small amount I get from disability. If I'm only making small amounts on Upwork as a freelancer, do I need to fill out forms or report it? I don't want my work to affect my disability- I'm already struggling enough as it is Smiley Sad.
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Jo-An B Member Since: Aug 2, 2016
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Hi Carly,

If you're a freelancer whom the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines as a “U.S. Person” and earn money working with your client through Upwork, you need to report this income on your tax return.Please check this helpful article on Reporting Income from Upwork and some Exceptions. Let us know if may be of further assistance.

~ Jo-An

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Carly M Member Since: Oct 7, 2018
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Thank you for your answer! I have done some research and asked around, and it looks like I understoo the system wrong. I can earn so much if I get SSDI and not get penalized, its only if I get SSI that I have to worry. I definitely don't want to do something illegal (I have a perfect record - I am just desperately struggling!) or something that would jeopordize my disability, so I am going to figure out which one I get and go from there. Smiley Happy