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$70 Tampa, FL Roller Skating Shop: $10 Higher Pay, Shorter Report & Fewer Expenses = EASIER SHOP for MORE PAY!

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller Skating location in Tampa, FL available now! This shop pays $70 (not including the $5 bonus for submitting early). Pay is $10 higher than before (as of February 2019). Shorter report, fewer expenses/requirements, and higher pay = EASIER SHOP... Continue Reading

Calculating time, expenses, and payment

Would you say $20 is a fair pay for a Storage unit shop 16 miles one way? This job will take about 2 hrs total Time breakdown.10 min for the call  .20 min for the visit.30 min for the report  1 hour driving time (round trip (.30 min each to and from)  (.30 minutes... Continue Reading

$20 Los Angeles, CA Phone/Web ONLY Shop at a Museum/Science Center (no on-site visit or expenses required - ALL PROFIT!)

Amusement Advantage has Phone / Website ONLY shops at a museum/science center in Los Angeles, CA available now! This shop pays $20 and is a phone only shop to inquire about a group event at the museum/science center. There is no on-site visit and no required expenses for... Continue Reading

Has anyone on here had their Social Security Benefits increased?

Has anyone here, over 62, had their Social Security benefits increased from earnings from mystery shopping?... Continue Reading

Hi! Introduction and a question about EIN

Hello! Just wanted to write a quick post to say hi and that I love reading the threads in this forum. They are so informative and entertaining, especially the funny stories while on the job. I have been shopping since 2016 and it's been a great way to earn some... Continue Reading

$85 -$100 potential monthly income - Be our newest auditor - AZ CA FL HI MA MI NJ NY

Need something different than Mystery Shopping? Why not try auditing? Ipsos (formerly GfK) Mystery Shopping Company is shoppers who might be interested in auditing. You need no experience for these audits! We help you 100% by helping you learn to audit and achieve success. Does this sound like something you could... Continue Reading

What happens if you don't pay your quarterly taxes?

I have not paid any quarterly taxes this year. I didn't have the money until now. If you owe $1000 in taxes is there any penalty.... Continue Reading

$100 travel expenses test center mystery visit Longwood Florida

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$120 travel expenses test center mystery visit Sioux Falls South Dakota

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$120 travel expenses test center mystery visit Albany Georgia

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$100 travel expenses test center mystery visit Farmington New Mexico

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$100 travel expenses test center mystery visit Portland Oregon

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$100 travel expenses test center mystery visit Taylorsville Utah

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$100 travel expenses test center mystery visit Charlotte North Carolina

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$90 Lincoln Park, MI Roller Skating Shop - Higher Pay & Less Narratives/Expenses = MORE PROFIT!

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller Skating location in Lincoln Park, MI available now! This shop pays $90 (not including the $5 bonus for submitting early). It pays an average of $40-$50 or more PROFIT after expenses than it used to! Also, now only one... Continue Reading

$75 Clovis, CA Roller Skating Shop (Shorter Report/Less Requirements & Expenses = EASIER SHOP & MORE PAY!)

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a roller skating location in Clovis, CA available now! This shop pays $75 (not including the $5 bonus for submitting early). The pay has been increased by $10 and the second Snack Bar/Café Visit has been eliminated, along with several other questions... Continue Reading

Field Agent, Presto invoices for taxes

I bookkeep earnings from doing gigs for these smaller MSPs, and use them in calculating my mileage. However, along with Performalogics, they don't have invoices that I can easily access and download come tax time. Anyone with experience with the taxmen know if we need to provide all invoices if... Continue Reading

$70 Tampa, FL Roller Skating Shop (Less Narratives & Expenses = Shorter Report & MORE PROFIT!) - August Fri/Sat

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller Skating location in Tampa, FL available now! This shop pays $70 (not including the $5 Early Return Bonus). Now with less report narratives, requirements & expenses = shorter, easier report & MORE PROFIT - approximately $40-$50 after expenses. Roller... Continue Reading

$30 EXTRA PAY = $120 Lincoln Park, MI Roller Skating Shop (Less Requirements/Expenses = Shorter Shop & MORE PROFIT!) - August

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller Skating location in Lincoln Park, MI available now! This shop pays $90 + $30 EXTRA PAY in August for a total of $120 (not including the $5 Early Return Bonus). It now pays an average of $60-$70 or more than... Continue Reading

$20 EXTRA PAY = $115 Wickliffe, OH Roller Skating Shop (Less Requirements/Expenses = Shorter Shop & MORE PROFIT!) - August

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller Skating location in Wickliffe, OH available now! This shop pays $95 + $20 EXTRA PAY in August for a total of $115 (not including the $5 Early Return Bonus). It now pays an average of $60-$70 or more after expenses... Continue Reading

$10 EXTRA PAY = $105 Wickliffe, OH Roller Skating Shop (now MORE PROFIT, less expenses & narratives!) - August

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller / Ice Skating location in Wickliffe, OH available now! This shop pays $95 + $10 EXTRA PAY in August for a total of $105 (not including $5 Early Return Bonus). Now pays an average of $50-$60 or more PROFIT after... Continue Reading

$10 EXTRA PAY = $100 Indianapolis, IN Roller Skating Shop (now MORE PROFIT, less expenses & narratives!) - August

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller / Ice Skating location in Indianapolis, IN available now! This shop pays $90 + $10 EXTRA PAY in August for a total of $100 (not including $5 Early Return Bonus). Now pays an average of $50-$60 or more PROFIT after... Continue Reading

$10 EXTRA PAY = $90 Columbus, OH Roller Skating Shop (now MORE PROFIT, less expenses & narratives) - August

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Roller / Ice Skating location in Columbus, OH available now! This shop pays $80 + $10 EXTRA PAY in August for a total of $90 (not including $5 Early Return Bonus). Now pays an average of $50-$60 or more PROFIT after... Continue Reading

Golf Course Cash Audit Shops - Shopper Pay $62/Expenses $10 -

Mercantile Systems has golf course cash audit shops available near you. You don't need to be a golfer or golf for this audit! You will conduct an audit alongside the location's General Manager, who will be counting the money in the register at the Pro Shop, Grill and office safe.... Continue Reading

Mobile app for mileage

If you are using a mobile app or software to track mileage, what are you using? I just started using Stride Tax. (free)... Continue Reading

More profit, less expenses

Hey guys I need a little help here. Which shops would you say are the best for making profit without spending any money out of pocket or at least very little. Some months I do good, but a good amount of the time my reimbursements are more than my profit.... Continue Reading

Do MSCs Know that $5, $6, $7, etc. Shops Don't Even Cover Mileage? Do Clients Know Our Pay?

Let alone hourly work time (prep/study time, shop time, and report time)? Also, do clients know that MSCs offer shops at $5, $6, etc. and how that doesn't cover expenses and/or encourages cheating and falsifying reports possibly (I could imagine a desperate person not even studying the guidelines or... Continue Reading

Another newbie question - SSN vs. EIN

SSN verifies instantly. EIN takes 2+ weeks. Is there any benefit to an EIN? I hate dropping my SSN number on-line. Is SASSIE solid with SSNs?... Continue Reading

The payment deduction from BARE international

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$120 travel expenses test center mystery visit Sault Ste Marie

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

$100 PLUS travel expenses test center mystery visit Sault Ste Marie

You will be acting as a candidate for an exam in order to assess security standards at a test center. Note that there is no fee for you to pay! This visit is to an Examination Centre, to check that the security standards are being met. You will complete the... Continue Reading

If Pizza Delivery Drivers Get Mileage Reimbursed, Shouldn't All MSCs Offer it on Shops Too?

Thoughts on this? eta: I think the thing I hear usually is that they are shops for people who just happen to be driving by a place. Fair enough, but a lot of times no one JUST HAPPENS to be driving to these locations. Instead, we have to... Continue Reading

So glad I have another income

We are in a country with a booming economy and record low unemployment, I hear traditional business cant find employees, but, MS and field service companies still think they have you by the gonads. Twenty five dollar shops are not 17 or less and 10.00 or 7.00. Coupon shops with... Continue Reading

Filing Taxes on Mystery Shopping

I part time mystery shop for extra money. I do not file taxes, as it doesn't amount to much over the year. Does anyone else do this? Has anyone got in trouble for it?... Continue Reading

Taxes

I have a question about reporting income to the IRS. There is a difference in shop fee and reimbursement. However, sometimes shops just post a fee. What If the shop posts a fee of $60 but requires you to spend $60 on food in a restaurant. Can you deduct the... Continue Reading

Bar shops available at popular Hunt Valley, MD 21030 - Quaint American Cuisine Farmhouse - $20 Pay/$100 Expenses

Mercantile Systems has bar integrity shops available at an American Cuisine restaurant in Hunt Valley, MD. For this shop, you will sit at the bar top for one hour and observe the actions of the Bartender. You will complete two separate alcoholic drink transactions and order an appetizer.... Continue Reading

How is your summer golf game? Several major Golf Course / Driving Range Shops in SC- $50+expenses for up to 3

Amusement Advantage has fun shops at a Golf Course / Driving Range locations in SC These shops pay $50 + Reimbursement for up to 3 (can be completed alone as well) Even if you aren't interested, please refer your friends, family and co-workers. You will earn $20 for every new shopper... Continue Reading

IRS rules for mileage and other things

I am including a link below to publication 334 or the IRS which explains all the rules for independent contractors under the new tax laws. There are always questions regarding mileage and meals and overnight stays etc for mystery shoppers. The mileage info is on page 32 of this publication.... Continue Reading

Bar Shop at Steak House in Hunt Valley, MD 21030 - Shopper Pay $20/Expenses $100

Mercantile Systems has a bar shop available at popular Steak House in Hunt Valley, MD 21030. Shopper Pay $20; Expenses up to $100. Available Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Interested? Register/Apply at https://mercsystems.shopmetrics.com/document.asp?alias=login Questions: Email tammy.young@mercsystems.com or text 925-237-1710.... Continue Reading

Should you make Quarterly Payments to cover the Social Security and Medicare taxes?

I know I will pay little to no federal taxes, but will have Social Security and Medicare taxes over $1000. Should I make Quarterly Payments to cover them?... Continue Reading

Question on the gas mileage deduction

Does the gas mileage deduction more than make up for the cost of gas?... Continue Reading

Mileage Deduction for No Fee Food Shops?

Can you still claim mileage if you don't claim the food as income and then claim the food as an expense? Can you still deduct mileage for these food shops, like for ACL where you get the cost of the food but no fee? I'm doing my taxes and don't know if... Continue Reading

Taxes - beware of "Earned Income Credit""

It may be late in the game but for all those who have not filed yet, there are new rules for the EIC that allow it to be available to more tax payers than before. DON'T TAKE IT! Of course, it depends on your own situation. What happened to me... Continue Reading

Bar Integrity Shops Available - $20 Shopper Pay/$30 Expenses - TX Locations - Richardson, Beaumont, Dallas, Bedford

Have a couple of drinks at this popular Seafood or Tex-Mex Restaurants Bar and Grill! Grab a guest or go solo. This is an Integrity Bar shop where you will be evaluating the Bartenders cash handling, if there is over pouring, the carding of customers that appear to be under... Continue Reading

Anyone else using HR Block Online? Question about 1099s being entered

Hello everyone, been a while since I posted. I decided to use the HR Block free online this year since total income was much less than $60K and I moved into rural WV where help is few and far between. I suppose I could use an online CPA? I'm ready...... Continue Reading

Has anyone Received a 1099 from this company

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Intellishop 1099 not right

I just received my Intellishop 1099 miscellaneous form. This is the first 1099 I had ever received from them because I have never worked with them before. I don’t know how they figure out their compensation, because I did it both with only the fees and with both... Continue Reading

Taxes

Alright shoppers here's my dilemma. I took my taxes to HR Block to be done for the first time because of shopping income. I made mostly reimbursements of a few thousand dollars, with a few hundred dollars in fees. The tax professionals have no idea how to handle this so... Continue Reading

1099's Where are You?

What's up with the delay? My go-to's, Market force and intelli have yet to get those out to me. Last year they were already out to me by this time. Has anyone gotten there's yet. Weather it's timely payments or forms, these companies have been up... Continue Reading

Bare 1099 email

I received an email today from this company, efile4biz. The email said they were hired to provide 1099s for Bare. It also said the deadline to opt out and get a paper copy was 1/28/19. Why would they give notice on the 30th for a deadline that already passed. I... Continue Reading

Harland Clarke no longer paying mileage

I just noticed in the most recent shop offer email from Harland Clarke that they're no longer paying for mileage. This is a bummer, since most of their shops are a good distance from me.... Continue Reading

Single Parent of College Student Looking to Supplement Income

Hello everyone. I have been out of the mainstream workforce for 19 years now. I was blessed with the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. Now that my daughter is in college, I would love to find some flexable part time work. I have just started researching... Continue Reading

1099 time

For those concerned about January payments, think of the MSC accounting departments this month and their January 31 deadline. Before this becomes a "trash the MSC thread", I'll head it off at the pass. A high percentage of our (us that is, the IC mystery shoppers) individual accounting departments have no excuse.... Continue Reading

Brewhouse ID Check Shops Available - $10 Pay/$35 Expenses! Check it out!!

Mercantile Systems has Brewhouse Bar ID check shops still available! This is an easy 15-minute shop! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Sit at the bar top, order an alcoholic drink and see if the decoy is asked for ID. You can order... Continue Reading

IRS Mileage Rate for 2019

I don't recall anyone posting the IRS mileage rate for 2019. It has gone up to $0.58 per mile. Keep this in mind when you are thinking about accepting a shop.... Continue Reading

I'm sure this is a dumb question..mileage

I just started mystery shopping a few months ago and haven't kept track of mileage. Going forward I will and I can see the benefit on mileage tax deduction (and might be able to go back figure out mileage for shops) but HOW important is calculating mileage??... Continue Reading

LRA taxes

For those who have worked on LRA projects: Does the tax form they issue break down the shop fees and the per diems as separate items or are they combined into one sum?... Continue Reading

US shopper in Canada - taxes

Toying with the idea of spending a few weeks in Canada next year, and wondering if it's worth it to pick up a few shops while there, or if the paperwork hassle will be much more than it would be worth. Any insights appreciated.... Continue Reading

Are there ways to lower your Social Security and Medicare taxes?

As an independent Contractor, we pay both side of the Social Security and Medicare tax. Are there ways to low what you pay? I'm 65, on Social Security and Medicare. Doing mystery shopping, I'm still paying into both, but won't get anymore back from them. If I meal cost me... Continue Reading

mspa webinar about taxes

I got an email from mspa about a new tax deduction for independent evaluators. You need to pay $20 to attend a webinar. Anyone know anything about this?... Continue Reading

Brewhouse Decoy Shops - AVAILABLE 11/27 ONLY - $21 Shopper Pay + $35 Expenses - Sacramento, CA

Mercantile Systems has a Brewhouse bar decoy shop available in Sacramento/Natomas location for TONIGHT, 11/27 and would love your help! Shopper pay INCREASED to $21! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Sit at the bar, order an alcoholic drink and see if the decoy is... Continue Reading

Brewhouse ID Check Shops Available - Bar and Dining Room - Shopper Pay $20 + Expenses - CO, MD, TN

Mercantile Systems has Brewhouse bar decoy shops available and would love your help! Enjoy food and drinks on us this holiday weekend! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old Shopper pay INCREASED to $20! BAR: Sit at the bar, order an alcoholic drink and see if... Continue Reading

Brewhouse ID Check Shops - PAY $17 + $35 Expenses

Mercantile Systems has Brewhouse bar decoy shops available and would love your help! Enjoy food and drinks on us this holiday weekend! Shopper pay INCREASED to $17! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Sit at the bar, order an alcoholic drink and see if the decoy is... Continue Reading

IRS and 1099 forms from multiple companied

If I dont make $600/company and I'm registered to 5 different companies, do I have to report it on income taxes?... Continue Reading

Writing off flight expenses when traveling anyways?

If I am traveling for personal reasons but complete a shop in the airport at my destination, am I able to file the flight expenses as a business expense during tax time?... Continue Reading

Golf Course Dinner Shop - Fairfield, CA - $20 Shopper Pay/$40 Expenses

Mercantile Systems has a new golf course dining shop available at Legends & Heroes at Solano Rancho Golf Course in Fairfield! The shop needs to be completed on Friday, November 9th or November 16th between 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Shop details: • Go to the bar counter, order a... Continue Reading

IRS Request

Just got a letter from the IRS disallowing my mileage for my shops from a few years back. The first year that I shopped. Now they want to know why I drove all of those miles. They seem to think that it was my spouse that had done all of... Continue Reading

Brewhouse Bar Decoy Shops! $10 Pay/$35 Expenses - 15 minute shop!

Mercantile Systems, Inc. has Brewhouse Bar Decoy shops still available! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Sit at the bartop, order an alcoholic drink and see if the decoy is asked for ID. Sit at bartop for 15 minutes. You can order food! Shopper Pay: $10... Continue Reading

Brewhouse Dining Decoy Shops - Shopper Pay NOW $15 + $35 Expenses - CO, FL, IN

Mercantile Systems has Dining Room Decoy Shops still AVAILABLE! $5 BONUS Added! You OR your guest MUST be between 21-30 years old. Sit in the dining room, order an alcoholic drink and a minimum of one food item and see if the decoy is asked for ID. Also, take... Continue Reading

Is it better to use An Employer Identification Number and create a company?

I use to be a business owner and I have been doing Mystery Shopping since 2013. During this time I have my SS number. With ALL the companies getting hacked and getting personal information would it be better to make a company and go to EIN number?... Continue Reading

Social Security Numbers and Name of Banking Institution

Are there any concerns about putting your social security number and the name of your banking institution on the applications to be a mystery shopper? These companies seem to work all over the world and that is information that could get the shopper in trouble with identity theft?... Continue Reading

Brewhouse ID Check Shops - $20 Shopper Pay/ $35 Expenses - MUST Complete by 8/28 - AZ, CA, CL, FL, IN, KY, MD, NY OH, TX, VA

Popular Brewhouse ID Check Shops Still Available! We have added a $10 BONUS to the dining room decoy shops, making the shopper pay $20! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Sit in the dining room, order an alcoholic drink and a minimum of one food item and see... Continue Reading

Brewhouse Dining Room Decoy Shops Available! $10 Pay/$35 Expenses - AZ, CA CO, FL, IN, KY LA, NY, OH, TN, TX, VA

Brewhouse Dining Room Decoy shops available! You or your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Sit in the dining room, order an alcoholic drink and a minimum of one food item and see if the decoy is asked for ID. Shopper Pay: $10 Expenses: $35 ** Use the locations current promotion on... Continue Reading

Taxes and Mileage

I did a little MS last year but this year I have done quite a bit. I was told that I only write off the money I make for jobs and not the reimbursement about since I am being reimbursed, it is not income. My 1099 should only list the... Continue Reading

Easy ID Check Shops Available - $10 Shopper Pay/$35 Expenses

We have ID check shops available at a popular Brewhouse! For this shop, you OR your guest must be between 21-30 years old to complete the shop. The shop will be conducted in the DINING ROOM. The decoy will need to order one alcoholic beverage and see... Continue Reading

Reimbursement vs fees and taxes

Going over this issue of what you can write off. My taxable income is under $6000 a year, mostly from mystery shopping. If it wasn't for having to pay both sides of Social Security and the Medicare tax I wouldn't have to file taxes. In my case does the reimbursement... Continue Reading

AARP Booth Evaluations at concerts, festivals and fairs in CA, CO, CT, SD and WV

B. Business Solutions has the following AARP “Pop-up” Booth assignments available for evaluators 40 or older, for completion on the following dates. You will be paid $18 plus any required entrance fee and parking expenses for one person, for each assignment. You will be visiting a specific event location... Continue Reading

ID Check Shop - 10 Minute Shop - $20 shopper pay/$35 Expenses - AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, IN, NY, TX, MD, VA

Brewhouse ID Check shops available and are looking for shoppers to complete them! Shops need to be completed 7/30 or 7/31! This is a quick and easy shop! You are your guest must be between 21-30 years old. Go to the bar, order a drink and see if... Continue Reading

Does MF pay for taxes?

There used to be one shop that if I ordered a drink I would not be reimbursed for. Tax because I would go over the max reimbursement. I just did the burger shop plus milkshake and got the bare minimum but my total is a dollar over because of... Continue Reading

5 minute Bar Decoy Shop - Frederick, MD - $20 Shopper pay + $35 Expenses!

We have decoy shops at a popular Brewhouse in Frederick, MD - and we are in need of shoppers or shoppers with guests between 21-30 years old to complete these shops! It's a 5-minute shop - the decoy orders an alcoholic drink and sees if they are asked for ID. ... Continue Reading

Trendsource: EIN vs SSN

Hi folks, I didn't see this addressed after performing a search, so I hope I didn't miss something. I'm nearing the $500 mark on non-reimbursable payments from Trendsource for this year, so I'm getting e-mails telling me I need to give them an EIN, *not* an SSN. From their website: "The Source... Continue Reading

Get paid to order drinks! $35 Expenses, $10 Shopper pay!

Visit a popular Brewhouse to get paid to drink! Either you or your guest needs to be 21-30 years old. Only 8 question survey! Reimburse- $35 Shopper Pay- $10 Mobile AL 36608 Huntsville AL 35806 Mobile AL 36608 Phoenix AZ 85050 Oxnard CA 93030 Temecula CA 92591 Newport Beach CA 92661 Los Angeles CA 90024 Valencia CA 91355 Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688 Modesto... Continue Reading

SFO International Airport Shops - Shopper pay $20-$25 + Expenses

SFO International Airport Shops available! Traveling into or out of SFO International this month or you are a badged shopper for this airport? These shops are POST Security: Grab - N Go Shop: Terminal 3 Boarding Area F Monday -Friday ONLY 11 am - 5 pm Shopper Pay: $20, Expenses: up to $25 Parking: up to... Continue Reading

Canada shops/ Canada taxes

I have a friend that’s new to mystery shopping that lives in Canada. For those of you in Canada how does it work being an independent contractor there? It would just be a part time job maybe $1000-1500 a year. They already work full time and pay into the system... Continue Reading

Providing social security number

How safe is it to provide my SSN as part of the application process to be a shopper for a company?... Continue Reading

Proving Income

How should I go about proving MS income? I am wanting to rent an apartment soon and this is my main source of income for now. Should I start using accounting software such as Quickbooks?... Continue Reading

Ardent Services EIN number

Hi All, I'm wondering if anyone has the EIN number for Ardent Services. I misplaced my 1099 and can't file. I reached out to Corey, but haven't heard back. Thanks!... Continue Reading

Newbie from Pennsylvania filing my taxes... help? Haha. Read on to hear my plight.

So... I received 7 1099 forms guys... and HR Block software is new to me since this is my first time doing this and not just a W2.. that I could get prepared for free as a low income worker. I read a ton here and I kept great... Continue Reading

Filing taxes online... who's the best in your experience?

I have used H&R for 6 years now... and kinda been sticking to that since they have all my records but as I'm winding down and gearing up to pay SE tax this year (previous years had enough W2 work paid in to cover it all) I'm second guessing the... Continue Reading

Part-time work - Abingdon, Bristol and Wytheville areas of VA - 16 stores, $50 per store + mileage

Work is for a major grocery retailer - installing new dividers and PIP slider cards. NO POG - just installing of dividers. IF you are in that area and have merchandising experience - please PM me and i'll share the rest of the details (store list, companies etc)... Continue Reading

$35 Expenses $10 Shopper Pay for Drinks and dinner! you our guest 21-30 years old

Don't miss out on our best shop right now! Popular Brewhouse ID Check shops! 21-30 years old (you or your guest) $35 Expenses & $10 Shopper Pay for Drinks and dinner! 5:30-9pm ONLY 8 QUESTION SURVEY!! Email chelsey.ovenell@mercsystems.com AR Little Rock 72205 AR North Little Rock 72116 AZ Chandler 85226 AZ Phoenix 85050 CA Brea 92821 CA Vacaville 95687 CA Montebello 90640 CA Concord 94520 CA San Rafael 94903 CA Temecula 92591 CA Modesto 95356 CA San Rafael 94903 CA Escondido 92025 CA Salinas 93906 CA Los Angeles 90024 CA Valencia 91355 CA Victorville 92392 CA Culver City 90230 CA City of Industry 91748 CA Rancho Santa Margarita 92688 CA Dublin 94568 CA Santa Rosa 95401 CA Anaheim Hills 92808 CA Torrance 90503 CA Modesto 95356 CA Chula Vista 91910 CA Stockton 95207 CA Palmdale 93551 CA San Jose 95123 CA Vacaville 95687 CA Woodland Hills 91367 CA Oxnard 93030 CA Laguna... Continue Reading

Need EIN number for Market Force Information LLC

Can someone tell me the EIN for Market Force? Just need this information to complete my returns.... Continue Reading

1099 question

When an MSC sends you 1099, showing income paid to you, does any of that include reimbursement amounts or are those generally not included? thank you.... Continue Reading

Boston Logan International Airport - Dining Shops Available - 2/26-2/28 - $40 Shopper pay + Expenses

Traveling into or out of Boston Logan International Airport or are a badged shopper for this airport? We have two lunch/dinner shops available at popular Bistro location You will dine in the bar area. You will evaluate customer service and food quality. Shopper Pay: $35 Pay... Continue Reading

Denver International Airport - Bar shop available - 2/26-2/28 - $40 Pay + Expenses!

Are you traveling into or out of Denver International airport or you are a badged shopper for this airport? We have bar integrity shop at a popular Sports Bar and restaurant location. The shop must be completed by February 28th. For this shop, you will sit at... Continue Reading

Mystery Shopping, 1099, and the taxes... I feel much better this year.

I've been shopping for about five years, but my first three years I was strictly with MSI & Marketforce. I had no idea so many others existed so when I started shopping full time last year, taxes began to feel a bit overwhelming, even with great records and all the... Continue Reading

Question about phone bill for taxes

My phone has two lines , one for me and one for my wife. She obviously uses her line for personal use 100%. I use mine for personal use and my day job use about 10% and 90% for mystery shopping...how would I claim that expense? As 90% of my... Continue Reading

Does Sinclair or PersontoPerson send 1099's if you've resigned/deactivated yourself?

I left both of these companies last year and although I kept spreadsheets, I seem to have failed to print my shop logs or I've stuck them somewhere and with moving twice they've gone poof. I like to keep hard copies in my folders and cannot for the life of... Continue Reading

Maritz 1099

Has anyone gotten theirs yet? I'm waiting on 1099's from a couple of companies, actually.... Continue Reading

1099-Misc Forms

I'm expecting Market force and Intelli-shop to send these out to me this year since I topped $600 for both, do they usually get them out in january? I'm not sure how this income will affect my tax situation in 2017 and am anxious to get the filing over... Continue Reading

TSN EIN

I need the EIN for Texas Shopper Network. I couldn't get any info for a 1099 over the phone. I'm just trying to get my income reported.... Continue Reading

Safe to give SSN to Market Force?

I am new to mystery shopping and I realize for tax purposes they must ask for my SSN but I am very apprehensive to giving it out. I signed up at Market Force is this a safe site to give SSN?... Continue Reading

taxes

This may have already been answered. I am adding up my totals for filing taxes. Do I add up just the fees and ignore the reimbursements or do I add up the total received and claim the reimbursements as deductions? Thank you in advance... Continue Reading

Help--income tax shop - how to answer prequalifier question

Do they want a yes or no answer for this question???? Our refund is typically around that amount. Will answering one way or another exclude me from the shop? Do you anticipate your FEDERAL refund (either single or married filing jointly) to be equal to or greater than $1,500.... Continue Reading

MS income for taxes ?

Do you show your MS income as hobby income, self employment income(Schedule C ?) OR just as a regular income (add it to your regular income). This is my first year of filing returns as a shopper. Basically tax professionals are human being's just like us (many are good... Continue Reading

Asking for SSN?

Is it safe to put in your SSN awhile creating an account to become a mystery shopper??? Is it a necessity?... Continue Reading

Employee Mileage & DT

I was recently hired by a company that you have to keep track of mileage and all drive time. The 40 mile & 1 hour applies. Is it unreasonable to believe I'm on the clock as soon as I have to write down my odometer reading & time I leave?... Continue Reading

Doing taxes with flat rate shops

If a Donut shop pays $15 flat rate and you buy $10 of donuts (not reimbursed), how do you claim taxes on that?... Continue Reading

Market Force and SSN card

Hi fellow shoppers. Good morning and hope you're having a good day so far. I wanted to ask the group a question about Market Force. Would you highly recommend them as a company to shop for? I'm asking because they are requiring that I show an actual Social Security... Continue Reading

SSN Pending

My ssn has been pending with a couple of companies almost two months. Is this common? These companies won't pay until it is verified. I appreciate any input.... Continue Reading

Mileage deductions while visiting family; Any special rules?

I've been staying with a friend/family for two weeks to provide them some much needed company. It's only 25 minutes from my house, but I have been making trips to the post office twice a week for my online shop. Are there special rules about deducting these miles? I typically... Continue Reading

Just accepted a tax prep shop -- won't my mystery shopping income give me away?

So I just accepted a shop assignment for tax preparation. I had to accept before I could see full instructions, which I've just looked over. Since I have to file taxes on my mystery shopping income, will I not immediately be giving myself away??!! As expected, the guidelines do not... Continue Reading

Do Not Forget to Write Your End of the Year Mileage!

Maybe, a little early, but wanted to make sure it was said.... Continue Reading

Mileage/gas for tax purposes

Can I claim gas as an expense on my taxes as a mystery shopper? I have multiple receipts of fuel usage, is that enough, or do I have to be more detailed....for example, the shop is 25 miles away so I purchased 2 gallons of unleaded?... Continue Reading

New Mileage Rates Released... Apologies if someone already posted.

Forgot to post a couple of days ago but I figured someone else hit on it already. Still waiting on the new tax bills and all that -- but anyway looks like the rate went up. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/standard-mileage-rates-for-2018-up-from-rates-for-2017... Continue Reading

JMRidgeway Did Not Reimburse My Expenses!

I completed my first job for JMRidgeway. It was $15 PLUS up to $5.50 to buy a cup of coffee. The coffee cost me $3.76 and was so bad I had to toss it. I wanted to call the manager, but that is a “no-no” for mystery shoppers. My... Continue Reading

Potential lower taxes for this sideline income?

Good morning everyone. I have a question to ask. I am wondering if anyone out there has any thoughts/input towards how our taxes on MSC income may be affected by the upcoming potential new tax structure? Taxes are something that is a bit beyond me - I... Continue Reading

Taxes question

This year most of the shops I have completed were reimbursement shops (restaurants etc). I did not make much (total is under $4). I worry if my ratio of income ($ paid for performing shops and $ for food reimbursement) vs expenses ($ spent on food and mileage) is appropriate.... Continue Reading

Tax bill mileage deduction was it eliminated?

Did the new tax bill eliminate mileage deduction? If it does that would end most of my mystery shopping. How about you? I would still do shops for eating out.... Continue Reading

taxes

For reporting tax purposes, if a company does not send a 1099, I still report it as income, but what do I provide as proof of that income? Is there an official document of some sort that I need to create to attach?... Continue Reading

Mileage

Does anyone deduct mileage for traveling to shops on their taxes? Are there any other deductions? I'm also wondering if you can deduct the cost PV500.... Continue Reading

Reporting Income Correctly

Quick question. If a shopper completes an assignment in December, he/she gets paid in January 2018. Is it correct to report this income in 2017, or 2018? Thanks.... Continue Reading

Why do companies ask for SSN. It make me nervous

I've notice that some companies as for your SSN in the shopper application. Why is this?... Continue Reading

Combining Fees and Reimbursements on taxes

Some shoppers have mentioned they combine all fees and reimbursements together to find their yearly income, then deduct the reimbursements to show their taxable income. For shoppers that do this, what if the receipt exceeded the maximum allowed reimbursement? Example, you were told you would be reimbursed up to $10,... Continue Reading

HS Brands SSN issue

Apparently when I signed up for HS Brands, I entered the wrong SSN number. I have tried to go into my profile and change it, but it keeps rejecting my change. I have tried emailing them, even including the change I'm pretty sure needs to be made (it's... Continue Reading

How do you report your income?

Please help me with filling out tax forms.... Continue Reading

Excel Spreadsheet for Shopping expenses

Has anyone developed a spreadsheet for keeping a record of shops and expenses?... Continue Reading

SSN

Hi I am in the process of joining ath Power Consulting Corporation but was asked to enter my SSN. Is this part of their requirement?... Continue Reading

Using an EIN rather than SS#

So one of my MSCs just sent me a notice that they are going to be relying more on shoppers who have an EIN (Employee Identification Number) rather than a Social Security number. They say that "more companies will be doing so" because it promotes more of a "professional" or... Continue Reading

Quarterly taxes penalty for the self employed.

https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/smart-money/estimated-tax-penalty/?utm_source=daily0816&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsy&utm_content=quarterly-tax-penalty I found this article interesting. I've never considered having to pay quarterly taxes.... Continue Reading

Income potential

I have a personal question. How much do you make doing this part time? I live in Chicago and there seem to be ample opportunities and I'm trying to decide if this is something I could do during the day on a part time basis and make a... Continue Reading

SSN Pending? BWW

Hello, I signed up for a few MSC. One MSC state that my SSN is pending. Been seeing this for more than a week now. Is there something I need to do? The MSC says I will not get paid for shops until this is taken care of. Also, I... Continue Reading

1099 question

Do the MSCs count reimbursements toward reportable income? I understand that it shouldn't be taxable, but just wondering if it is included toward the $600 requirement or not. I'm guessing the answer is no, but just want to confirm. Thanks!... Continue Reading

Travel expenses in hotel shops.

Hi gyus! I need an advice of experienced shoppers in hotel evaluation area. I have been working as a full time shopper around eight month. After I performed more than 1000 different shops, I decide to do more hotels shops. Probably it would not be more profitable, however, it could... Continue Reading

EPMS Released My Social Security Number To A Total Stranger

I received a letter from Joanna Ellis at EPMS - Ellis Partners Management Solutions. The letter is dated February 2017. It says EPMS accidentally sent my tax form 1099 to another shoppers address. Please note it says to another shopper (not some random unknown person). The letter goes on to... Continue Reading

Independent contractor taxes

This will be the first year I'll be claiming my income from mystery shopping on taxes. Any advice? Do I need to create a business name and all that good stuff? I want to write off my mileage, gas, etc. suggestions welcome!... Continue Reading

Do I need to provide my social security number for Western Union "Send" scenario?

Just wondering what personal information I need to provide to do a Western Union "send" scenario? Are they usually quick shops? Any landmines I should watch out for? How is the report?... Continue Reading

Using Tax EIN instead of SS#

I'm nervous about having so many companies having my Social Security Number. I got an EIN from the IRS for a Sole Proprietorship. Am I allowed to switch to that number for the companies I have already signed up for?... Continue Reading

JMRidgway extra expenses question

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How to record mileage for multiple stops along a route?

Hello all, I'm new here. I downloaded the free spreadsheet posted in the pinned link above but I have questions about how to input my mileage when I am driving a route and have more than one stop. How do I record that on the spreadsheet? I... Continue Reading

Market force SSN fax

I was working with them for last 3 months. I was not able to see available shops since last week, so I emailed Helpdesk. I got the reply that I need to fax my SSN as the SSN which I provided earlier was not validated properly. When I said that... Continue Reading

Taxes- Canada

Hi , This is for my fellow Canadian friends ? 1. How do you report profit made on USD CAD conversion for reimbursements ? 2. If you spend $200 for auto repairs, where you would be reimbursed only up to $75, would you claim whole $200 as deduction ? Thanks... Continue Reading

Mileage request amount?

How much money do you usually request per mile? Also TrendSource is always low on their miles to the actual shop. How do you address that?... Continue Reading

How on earth do schedulers calculate mileage?

I got a call from Informa to do a shop 16 miles from me. Nice pay for a 32 mile round trip I thought, so I asked the exact location. The scheduler mentions a city that is at best a 34 mile drive and 45 minutes away. ... Continue Reading

MSC Reporting Inaccurate Mileage

The mileage shown for the majority shops is inaccurate information. Most of the scheduler's, I have conversed with has acknowledged this as truth. Therefore, I hope fellow shoppers are mindful of this known fact when planning your routes or only shopping!... Continue Reading

Income Tax shop - Assets lost value?

Hi, I am thinking to apply for income tax shop. One qualifying question is: Have any assets that you own lost value over 2016 tax year? Does that apply to my car that I depreciate as I use it for getting to my shops? I am afraid maybe this refers... Continue Reading

What kind of card do you charge your expenses to?

Has anyone ever had a cash back credit card and charged all their mystery shopping expenses to it? Would you consider this beneficial? That way, not only are you getting reimbursed for those expenses (obviously if you did a shop which the company states they'll reimburse you), you're also getting a... Continue Reading

IRS Audit Due to Mystery Shopping?

Who among you have you been audited due to your reported mystery shopping Schedule C income or reported losses? I am interested in the frequency that this sort of self-employment triggers an audit. Furthermore, have you been challenged on your assertion that your work qualifies as a business... Continue Reading

IPSOS 1099

Hey Guys Does IPSOS generates 1099 with all the reimbursements? Some of their shops has pretty large reimbursements however they were not my income. I haven't got the 1099 yet but asking if someone has got it already. Also as I will be doing taxes as personal taxes I can not... Continue Reading

Did anyone receive their 1099 form from Market Force?

Just curious if anyone has received their 1099 form from Market Force? Thanks!... Continue Reading

When do 1099s arrive?

Hi all, I was going to take advantage of one of the tax preparation jobs as my records are quite good and I know the 1099s are just informational, but I thought I would hang on just to be safe. Does anyone know when companies start sending them out? Does... Continue Reading

Income Tax Shops

For those of you who have completed income tax shops for Marketforce, how did you get around the 1099 forms from MSCs?... Continue Reading

Great resource for Schedule C taxes & deductions.

Hello! Well tax time is here, and Lifehacker had a good article about deducting business expenses: http://twocents.lifehacker.com/you-can-write-off-late-fees-on-a-business-credit-card-1790920840. They had a link to a 100-pg. PDF https://www.nase.org/sf-docs/default-source/publications/Schedule_C_from_A_to_Z_2012_edition.pdf?sfvrsn=0 . It's from the National Association for the Self-Employed. It seems to have lots of information and is easy to use (it's a big... Continue Reading

TAXES

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Uh Oh.... Mileage is down with the IRS...

•53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016. Also I just learned that January 23 is when you can start filing. All this on the IRS.gov site... Then I saw this: Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle... Continue Reading

Doing your own Taxes. What program do you use?

I did a little research and found Turbo Tax was rated the best. If you do your own taxes with your mystery shopping, what program do you use? How much did you pay for all programs *portions) needed to successfully do your taxes? Any difficulty in preparing your own taxes... Continue Reading

"Special Expenses"

I just saw a couple of job postings where there is a fee listed and then a line that says "special expenses." Does anyone know what that is supposed to be? Is that considered a bonus?... Continue Reading

Travel expenses

Happy Black Friday, I have opportunity to do some computer audits this weekend. I live near Dallas and can perform one or more assignments in Houston and they tell me to name my travel expense. I have never claimed travel expenses beyond tolls so I wonder what you guys think... Continue Reading

PayPal Deductions

Do you contract with any MSC's that charge you to have your pay sent to PayPal? I just found that Second to None charges $1 but will allow free bank direct deposits. I prefer to avoid providing bank routing information.... Continue Reading

income levels

Hi- I'm new and have only signed up with a couple of companies. I found that some of them ask for household income level and I don't feel comfortable sharing that on the application. Does anyone have suggestions on companies that don't require that info on their applications?... Continue Reading

Do you count payment for meals as income on taxes?

I was wondering if reimbursement for meals that you get on a restaurant shop (or part of it) counts as income on income taxes. I've searched this forum for answers and also online. I don't have an accountant, so I'd appreciate and guidance from those of you who have been... Continue Reading

Social security numbers

I am new to the organization . I am fearful of giving my Social Security Number over the internet. Do all companies request your S.S. number?... Continue Reading

Mileage and deductions

Should I record and deduct only the mileage to the shop or round trip to come home? Thanks!... Continue Reading

Doing taxes

I apologise ifthis is posted somewhere and I haven't found it. When you do your taxes with mystery shopping, I won't make $600 with one company but will over all the shops this year that I have done combined if that makes sense. So I won't get a... Continue Reading

Best app for keeping track of mileage?

I'm notoriously bad at keeping track of mileage. An app WOULD help. Suggestions? And any other apps that experienced shoppers find helpful besides Evernote?... Continue Reading

Jobslinger - EIN problem

I am signed up with Jobslinger and put in my EIN #. It shows that it can't be verified. I have given it to many SASSIE companies without any problem. I put in the correct number. Has anyone else had this problem? ... Continue Reading

IRS is Filing a Lawsuit Against Me

I have been called about 3 times in the past few weeks with this same "scam" robo call. Is there anyway to put a stop to it?... Continue Reading

SSN Verification

Hello! I really some help! I am registered with at least 20 different MSC, and NONE of them are able to verify my SSN. I got married April 30, 2016, and assumed my husband's last name. I obtained a new SS card over two weeks ago with my new married... Continue Reading

How to determine mileage bonus

I`m wondering if fellow shoppers have a standard rate when asking for mileage reimbursements. I had a scheduler ask me to name my price and I had no clue. I panicked and pulled $30 out of thin air. It would have costed me $11 gas, I asked for $30 and... Continue Reading

Taxes and the spreadsheet

I'm starting a new thread about keeping track of expenses for taxes. If the mods need to move it to the original thread, please do so. I called my accountant about what we can or cannot take as expenses on our schedule C for the tax year of 2016. Meals may... Continue Reading

SSN Status

Hello everyone, I have registered with Intellishop and I notice that my SSN status is taking some time to clear. I registered with my married name and I think this might be causing an issue. How long should it take to verify my number?... Continue Reading

Paying taxes as a shopper

Do mystery shopping Companies send us any kind of forms at the end of the year for tax purposes. .... Continue Reading

SSN request

If supposed to be independent contractor, why the need for a SSN? Am I being overly concerned about identity theft?... Continue Reading

Taxes

Are reimbursements taxable? Are they considered income? How do you file quarterly? How do you pay Social Security taxes? Can't seem to find the answers when I Google them........... Continue Reading

Merchandiser Independent Contractor Mileage Question.

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Were you aware the IRS cut Mileage from $.575 to $.54 per mile?

The IRS cut our mileage deduction from $.575 down to $.54 representing a 6% decrease in our ability to expense jobs. I did not know they dropped mileage expense, when did you figure this out?... Continue Reading

EIN vs SSN Identity Theft

I've been doing a lot of reading about using an EIN as a sole proprietor instead of your SSN to reduce your risk of identity theft for MS. I haven't found the answer to this question: Can identity thieves take out loans with your EIN? If so, how would using... Continue Reading

MSC that do not require SSN?

I am an international student in the U.S. on a student visa and I am unable to get a SSN... long story and don't want to deal with bureaucracy. What MSC's do not require SSN until you reach $600 or do not require SSN at all? Thanks... Continue Reading

$5/mo internet for low income households

This evening's news mentions that as part of the AT&T agreement with their take over of DirecTV they have agreed to provide internet service for $5 per month to any household where at least one member receives food stamps. The program is expected to continue until 2020. If... Continue Reading

Taxes - Can I report only income made?

(This is my first time filling out the schedule c and I'm using Turbotax for businesses owners.) I'm just wondering if it's okay to report only the total amount of money I made mystery shopping during 2015. I didn't keep a log of my miles and I don't have all my... Continue Reading

Using A Fake SSN# for a Shop

This topic was discussed a few years ago, however, for me, I need the conversation updated. I've been offered several high paying shops where the client is reviewing their finance department. The shop requires the purchase and financing of a big ticket item, using a fake SSN#... Continue Reading

Contemplating :[ After I had prepared my taxes. It may be time for me to do less of mystery shopping,

It may be time for me to do less of mystery shopping. After driving to and from route of shops. I figured that I may not be fully making all that money. Gas and time, and reports afterwards. This actually started as a stepping stone, until I found a... Continue Reading

Working a tax prep shop, and telling them about your mystery shopping income?

Has anyone done a tax prep shop and claim your mystery shopping income during these shop? I've been tempted to sign up for these tax prep shop, but I don't know what they would think of me when I tell them about the other income. Thoughts?... Continue Reading

Anyone doing your taxes through H&R Block?

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone is doing their taxes through an H&R Block office (not online). My tax preparer is asking for each and every one of the 1099's even under the $600 threshold, in order to process my taxes, "as a protection because those are the rules with... Continue Reading

Income drop due to retirement

So, I am retiring soon and my earned income will drop about 95%. I will make it up through unearned income such as pension, annuities and such. Does income mean earned income, or can it include unearned income?... Continue Reading

Didn't file taxes last year, but am preparing for this year

Hello, I am new to the forum, though I have lurked. I'm inquiring here now because I know now I need to file taxes for 2015, because all income needs to be reported. I made the mistake of not reporting the income I made in 2014 as a college student.... Continue Reading

Casual mystery shopping as a way to supplement income?

I'm totally new to mystery shopping (haven't actually done it yet) and am trying to figure out how I can fit it in in a way that makes sense. I work a regular 9-5 job and have a family so I'm trying to find ways I can do shops... Continue Reading

Mileage on tax return

Hello, I have just finished my first year of Mystery Shopping. I made almost 7000 dollars. After deducting all of my expenses and mileage my income came out to 64 dollars. Is this normal? Thanks... Continue Reading

1099 and disability questions

the lady friend is on disability so she has to turn over all her pay stubs to her mother who then fills out the paperwork for monthly income i have started her mystery shopping and she is wondering when to report her income and if she as flexibility from month... Continue Reading

IRS computer failures

CNBC reports IRS computer failures: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/taxes/irs-experiencing-computer-failure-report-says/ar-BBp5Jug?ocid=mailsignout... Continue Reading

Online Tax Programs and Business Income

Forgive me if this has been discussed: I have used TaxAct online for years and it successfully navigated me through business income and self-employment taxes. This year, they are charging for that feature. Does anyone know of another similar software that does not charge for this part... Continue Reading

Suggested Forum: Mystery Shopping and Taxes

This seems like a very common topic where shoppers ask about taxes. There are many wonderful posts out there already that should be stickied and a dedicated forum is the best place to stick em!. If I have a question about taxes, the first thing I do is... Continue Reading

Taxes

This was my first year as a Mystery Shopper. I had surgery and was out of work and had to do something. I really enjoyed shopping. I didn't make much, just enough for gas to get my kids back and forth to school. OK, so now its... Continue Reading

1099s??

I work for one company that does only dining shops, and pays only reimbursements. Yet they sent me a 1099! It's my understanding that reimbursements of required purchases are NOT income. But this 1099 lists them as such. Has anyone else had this happen? How do you... Continue Reading

Taxes-Reimbursed and not reimbursed-where?

I know this topic has been covered. I did a search and I'm having a heck of a time finding last years tax thread. Can someone point me in the right direction. I'm trying to figure out where on the form I put these items. I know there has been... Continue Reading

I already received a W-2 and a 1099!

Yesterday in the mail, I received a W-2 and a 1099 statement and was quite surprised to see them so early. :) Have you guys received any 1099's or W-2's yet?... Continue Reading

Does anyone use a Federal EIN number for mystery shopping?

Hi, I'm a long time reader of this forum but this is the first time I have posted. I have been mystery shopping for over seven years and am signed up with over 200 companies. In that time I have been using my name and SSN for payment.... Continue Reading

Is it too early to start a 2015 Taxes Thread?

I know it's barely January, but I got an early copy of Turbo Tax and have been noodling with my expected taxes. I need to wait for my W2 for my day job which is at least a few weeks out, but I've got some questions about the MS... Continue Reading

Cold truth about mystery shopping - $3/hour average after expenses.

I see the same blowhards like bgriffin the woman who pretends she's a man on this board are still bloviating about their "big" fees. I have a regular job now and make 6k/month and do mystery shopping on the side. I mastered mystery shopping in 2014--took about 4 weeks to... Continue Reading

Would you do mystery shopping if it's the ONLY reason you have to file income taxes?

I'm now on Social Security, getting enough to pay rent and pay bills. I also do part time work as a caregiver for a company. Because you have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes yourself, when doing mystery shopping, I have to file a tax return. Now I have... Continue Reading

Started my Social Security this month. This will make mystery shopping easier

I started on my Social Security this month. Now mystery shopping will be a choice and not something I NEED to do, to pay the rent and bills. It will be more relaxing. Merry Christmas everyone. I look forward to a more profitable year.... Continue Reading

Advice for tracking mystery shopping expenses and income?

The payments from mystery shopping are so diverse and are usually for small amounts. Not to mention, they come in either by check or more often paypal. How do you keep record of them? I just linked all my accounts on mint.com so I can actually see where my money... Continue Reading

Quality Shopper - Not a 1099 IC job with no guaranteed work and 2+ days effort to get hired. Anyone bite?

Has anyone found it worth jumping through all these hoops? This is not 1099 and is hourly pay. They do not say what the hourly rate is past the testing at minimum wage and base it on your area cost of living. By paying you an hourly wage and not... Continue Reading

MSCs that pay mileage

What MSCs pay mileage? The only one I know of for sure is HC, but they only pay .36/mile, which is less than what the IRS allows. Since I am spending so much time in my car and am considering buying a hybrid because f the gas/mileage situation, I'm wondering... Continue Reading

Can you claim this expense on your income tax?

I did a reimbursement only shop lately. I was supposed to purchase a skin care product and get up to $40 reimbursed. However, any skin care product at this boutique is above $55. So I ended up spending $60 with tax. That is $20 out of my own pocket.... Continue Reading

$70,000 or more in annual income

Just received an email about some new revealed audits. The audits can take up to two hours and may require up to 45 photos. There is no narrative. The requirements are a shopper score of 8 or better and an annual household income of $70,000 or more. Oh... Continue Reading

Which tax software do you use for filing taxes

This is the first year I'll have to report income for mystery shopping. What tax software do you use? The only write off I'll have is for mileage. I don't have a cell phone, my computer and printer are over 5 years old. Except for mileage, I cannot think... Continue Reading

Mystery shopping and collecting Social Security

Has anyone has an issue of collecting social security and doing mystery shopping? I'll start getting Social Security in December. I know the limits for earnings is just over $15,000. I won't make that much. Have you had other issues? I just read this on the Social Security site: "if... Continue Reading

Taxable Work-Related Expense Deductions

So, in trying to be proactive about taxes this year I thought of a few mystery-shopping related tax questions... Scenario: A mystery shop company will pay $30 to go try on and purchase a dress from an upscale boutique. The shop instructions dictate that you MUST purchase a dress from... Continue Reading

Is it normal for company to ask for SSN

I did mystery shopping years ago & now going at it again. One company is asking for my SSN which I don't recall ever providing that in past. The company asking for SSN is Sinclair, is that normal to provide my social.... Continue Reading

What is fair mileage?

I am wondering what is fair mileage to offer a company to do their shop? I live in a very rural area, and there is a town that is quite out of the way, but there are occasional shops there. What is a fair amount to ask, and does... Continue Reading

Registering with multiple companies using social security number

I have done a few shops now using 3 different companies, each requiring I include my social security number upon registration. I have searched the forum for information but not finding the answer to my question. My question is, should I be cautious with how many companies I... Continue Reading

On doing taxes and mystery shopping. What if you don't make enough income to even report?

I am barely able to make rent each month. I'm single, no children. I'm 62, do a lot of mystery shopping and have friends helping me get by until December. How would I handle taxes if I don't even make enough to report? I'll start getting Social Security at... Continue Reading

Market Force EIN

Hi all. With tax extension due tomorrow... finally sitting down to complete what I started lol. I'm currently on a trip and left my 1099 at home. Can someone tell me the EIN for Market Force? Just need this information to complete my returns. Thanks in advance.... Continue Reading

Worker's Comp Deductions

I have 4% workers comp insurance deducted from my paychecks. I understand this is automatic if I don't carry my own. Is this normal. Only one company that I do independent contractor work for does this. I do have my own medical insurance.... Continue Reading

Mileage

If I decide to become a MS how far do I travel, I don't like traveling far from home. How do I decide on what company's are best for me? How do I get started on a job? I have so many questions and can't find the answers I need.... Continue Reading

SASSIE Social Security Verification Time - New to Shopping, Help!?

I am very new to mystery shopping (just did my first shop today) but signed up for a bunch of SASSIE companies (Beyond Hello, HS Brands International, Intellishop, GFK, Compliance Solutions Worldwide) and am wondering how long it takes for my social to be verified? Additionally, if the "pay date"... Continue Reading

Social Security Number Collection

I found the following message on one mystery shopping company's site and believe that all mystery shopping companies should adopt this policy immediately. If nothing else, they are setting themselves up for a lot of trouble if they get hacked and it is really not necessary since a majority... Continue Reading

1099?

Hi Everyone! Do any of the msc's 1099 you if you make under $600.00 a year with them?... Continue Reading

Social Security Numbers

When a mystery shop company goes out of business or the mystery shopper resigns from a mystery shop company, what does that company do with your social security number that you had to give to them?... Continue Reading

Sassie Shop SSN Verification Time

Hi, I've been signed up for multiple Sassie Shop websites for about 10 days now. I have a few scheduled shops coming up soon and my SSN still isn't verified. The websites all say that it will be verified from as soon as instantly and can take up to 3-7... Continue Reading

Email & SSN Verification Issues

Hi All! I've been signing up with various MSC and I've come across one or two issues that seem to reoccur: no email or SSN verification. I keep waiting and waiting but nothing changes in my status and I don't get email verification notes in my email. I... Continue Reading

Calculating Mileage

Hello All! I apologize if this was covered previously. I did a search and found quite a bit of helpful information on the subject, but not a direct answer to my question... I really bumped up the amount of shopping I've done this year, which is a good thing, but I'm... Continue Reading

Taxes

I'm curious for anyone willing to help me out. Do I need to file taxes once I've reached $600 total, or for each MSC that I've reached $600 with? For example, if I am registered with 7 MSCs, and I make $100 from each one individually, should I... Continue Reading

Trendsource- EIN ?

So I just signed with Trendsource & they are asking for an EIN. Can I give my Social Security # instead? I don't want to get an EIN. I'm in California.... Continue Reading

Simple question about 1099s from a newbie

Hi all, I've been lurking on the board for a while and finally signed up and joined the conversation. Thanks to all the experienced shoppers on here who are patient with us noobs. :) I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to get any 1099s this year. I've done... Continue Reading

Mileage

Anyone know of a company that pays for mileage?... Continue Reading

Reimbursement of expenses

I would like to know if you accept a shop and they say they will pay you $100.00 for doing the shop and up to $1,000.00 for expenses. Do companies always reimburse for the expenses even if they do not want to pay you for the shop? I... Continue Reading

Route out of the area...expenses?

If I do a route of 25 or so auto dealer shops, in another major city 300 miles away, and there are not many shoppers who can do these in the language they want it done....shouldn't there be some kind of extra incentive? The jobs pay $50 each. Or is... Continue Reading

Deductions : If a MSC is paid in full shouldn't the shopper as well?

We all can and will make mistakes. Aside from a report being rejected, I do not understand how a MSC can deduct from fees and even reimbursement if the client accepts and pays in full for a report. As a contractor, do shoppers deserve full disclosure any time... Continue Reading

note to self: check for street fairs before scheduling

trying to get to a location in an unfamiliar area...and run into a street fair...doesn't help calling to see if they are open.....sure they are open....but they don't say you have to park a half mile away and walk in...with a thunderstorm rolling into the area!... Continue Reading

IRS data hacked; beware of callers who seem to know about your return contents

Yesterday the IRS announced that thieves who had gained info from other sources about passwords and security questions used that to access the tax returns (current and past) of over 100,000 tax payers by getting into the service site that provides transcripts of own tax returns (needed when you apply... Continue Reading

Trendsource's EIN Requirement

I wanted to add Trendsource to the list of companies for which I shop. I went on their site to register and see that they require their shoppers to get an EIN. I don't meet any criteria for which the IRS would require that I obtain... Continue Reading

Exact Mileage or Total Mileage

I'm just curious - is it necessary to have the exact mileage numbers (for example: I began at 29,834 and ended at 29,844), rather than just logging that I drove 10 miles to that particular shop? I wasn't sure if for some reason in the future that would I need... Continue Reading

How long does it take for your SSN to be verified in most Sassie systems?

Just curious... Continue Reading

Return Home Mileage Deduction - Definite Yes, No or Gray Area?

I am dutifully tracking my mileage to a shop and from one shop to the next shop. I have been under the impression that the return home mileage is not deductible UNLESS I happen to make a business related stop on the way home such as picking up office... Continue Reading

How do you handle taxes?

Do you pay at the end of the year when taxes are due? Do you pay quarterly? What are the benefits of each? Not sure how I'm going to do this. I cannot file the long form. I'm single no kids, no write offs.... Continue Reading

Got two 1099's from the same company?

Has anyone ever gotten two 1099s from the same company? (Yes, they are the same year. No, one is not marked "corrected")... Continue Reading

Deducting reimbursed expenses

Just wanted someone to clarify the terminology everyone uses as it relates to tax preparation (doing them right now grrrr). Reimbursed "expenses" (cash out of pocket to perform shops) are not truly "expenses" as this income should not be reported. When you work for an employer and they reimburse your out of... Continue Reading

Timing of Expenses for Tax Purposes

So I'm working on my taxes and I'm wondering about something. Nearly all of the income that I generated in December and some of November's wasn't paid until 2015 and I get that I will claim that income when I file next year. What I'm wondering is how to... Continue Reading

Finally doing taxes. Should I use Schedule C-EZ if I can?

Looks like I easily meet the requirements to use Schedule C-EZ for 2014. Any reason not to do so? Thanks for any advice.... Continue Reading

Harland Clarke mileage?

So Ive been shopping with Harland Clarke for a few months. I really like them but in the past 2 days, I've received two shop request emails with no mileage included. I've never seen their shops not offered with mileage and I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same... Continue Reading

IRS and mileage deduction

I heard today that you cannot claim mileage from your house to a shop. You can only claim mileage from one shop to another. For example, I drove to *** and it was 12 miles to my first shop. Then, I went to three other shops in the same town... Continue Reading

In addition to shopping, what do you do for income?

Some here probably have regular jobs and shop on the side, but what about those piecing together income bit by bit? I'm looking for other ways to make some dough on short-term assignments without a set schedule.... Continue Reading

Has any mystery shopper ever been audited by the IRS?

I am keeping good records, and I don't anticipate any problems, but I was curious if anyone has been audited by the IRS (only as mystery shoppers, not other professions). I did a quick search on IRS audits through the forum and did not see any other threads indicating... Continue Reading

Intellishop-2 point deduction because they had to contact me.

I did a shop for Intellishop and submitted the report. I have done several of these shops over the past seven years. I get an e-mail with the following comment: A significant amount more detail is needed in all of your narratives. Each of these narratives should read... Continue Reading

Taxes and Supplying Backup

Do you provide a worksheet depicting your fees, reimbursements, expenditures and expenses to the IRS along with your return? I have never but was wondering if I should attach my spreadsheet this year.... Continue Reading

recording mileage

I am visiting family who is about 150 miles away from me, and while i'm visiting them i took a really simple gas station shop. I have been recording mileage, but should I record the mileage from my house to the gas station? or should I record the mileage from... Continue Reading

Taxes

Hi all, Have been wondering about what I should call myself. I want to do my taxes using H&R, and they will probably ask what my occupation/profession is. I cannot say that I am a mystery shopper?! Anybuddy has any idea.... Continue Reading

QAMS and the misguided 1099

Hello shoppers. Perhaps someone can help me. I did a search on the forum for this topic but didn't find anything. I nevr have luck with that. Also, I know QAMS sent out emails on this subject but I can't find mine. Anyway, they sent out a 1099 for amounts way... Continue Reading

I just got an email from Stericycle that they are sending out corrected 1099 that remove the reimbursement amount from their initial 1099.

-- moved topic -- ... Continue Reading

MSI Services - EIN vs. SSN

Does anyone know why MSI wants an EIN instead of a SSN for their shoppers? Do other companies require EIN's? This is the first time I've encountered this.... Continue Reading

Casual dining,taxes and schedule C

I'm doing my taxes as self employed. I already have a schedule C worksheet for Form 1040 for my sales on eBay. I need to report more income, I have 2 children. I worked for 5 mystery shop companies. None of them sent me a tax form because I didn't... Continue Reading

IRS FreeWebinar: Independent Contractor or Employee

Hi all My husband is a CPA and I do data entry for him. As a CPA, he needs to complete continuing education every year, and he likes me to do it with him as a learning experience for me. We just signed up for one that might be... Continue Reading

Schedule C and Unreimbursed Expenses and Questions That Arise

Regarding un-reimbursed expenses for Schedule C: If you are paid a fee only and the restaurant meal, taxes and tip exceed the fee received, do you claim all the dollar amount exceeding the fee as an expense of the shop? Or, in another version of the same scenario,... Continue Reading

2014 1099'

Have you... Continue Reading

1099's and Paypal

http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/01/1099-contractors-paypal-credit-card.html I was vaguely aware of this for the last couple of years but never translated it into what it meant for us here until I had a tax client who pays all of her subcontractors through Paypal and asked me to 1099 them and I realized we didn't have to. If... Continue Reading

Federal Income Taxes

I just had my 2014 taxes done and declared that I did mystery shopping as an Independent Contractor and lo and behold I was surprised that I had to paya federal Self Employment tax on that income. Is there anyway to do your federal taxes without having to pay that... Continue Reading

1099 from Customer Perspectives

I received the 1099 with the incorrect address for Customer Perspectives. I received an answer from them. I was told to change the N.Y. to N.H. they are located in Hooksett, N.H. Not N.Y.... Continue Reading

MF 1099 Form

Has anyone received their 1099 form from MForce? I'm more than ready to file my taxes but they are the only hold up, and to make it more interesting I stopped shopping for them in August of 2014 so I hope I don't have any problems receiving it. Thanks!... Continue Reading

Customer Perspectives 1099 FYI

Just an FYI (not sure how much it matters), Customer Perspectives has Hooksett, NY listed as their address. It is Hooksett, NH (I pass the office almost daily). I will either call or stop in on Tuesday to let them know. I seriously doubt anyone will be in the office... Continue Reading

Taxes

Has anyone received any tax forms from the mystery companies that they work with? I have few companies with which I have made the amount for which they specified a tax form will be mailed. Should I want or file my taxes? Most of the shops I have done are... Continue Reading

Within a certain mileage requirement

This is getting on my last nerve. Shops requiring that I live within a specific mile range. I'm on the cusp of being within 20 miles of anything. I certainly do not live within the 20 miles that companies want. Even if they take my zip... Continue Reading

OH NO TAXES!

Well it's here again. That wonderful time of the year where the great and powerful Tax Man comenth. So just what all do you claim? You know those great items that you get to count off on your taxes. That new printer you got? How about that new cell phone? For... Continue Reading

Health Insurance & Taxes

@Dspeakes wrote an article all about what you need to know in terms of health insurance and taxes this year. http://www.mysteryshoppermagazine.com/tax-essentials/health-insurance-its-on-your-tax-return/ It's useful info! Discuss it here.... Continue Reading

1099 and expense reimbursement

Hi all, I just got form 1099- MISC from Reality Check. They included my parking expense reimbursement as part of income which made me go over the $599 maximum in income and generated the 1099 form. This seems crazy to me, as I should not have to pay taxes on... Continue Reading

A few words about taxes -- don't ask, we won't tell

I am a tax preparer of 18 years experience and a degree in accounting with an emphasis in taxation. I have 140 clients. So I have a lot of experience and education on this topic -- and I will not presume to give you tax advice here. Nobody else... Continue Reading

SSN vs EIN

Hi I'm new to mystery shopping and everything sounds great & rewarding so far but the only thing I'm having trouble with is giving my SSN out and worrying about the w9 tax forms. I was wondering if any of you all got an EIN for mystery shopping? I'm... Continue Reading

Taxes

Hi I'm new to this industry completely and had a (probably dumb) question. Some companies ask you to fill out your w9 form. I am not sure if I will be accepting any shops from said companies. DO I really need to fill this out? I'm... Continue Reading

IRS Free File

The IRS has a new option called FreeFile. Like the name suggests it is a free service. It uses 'partner's websites' and is available on January 20th, 2015. The IRS says more than 70% of people can use it. You may access it from the IRS... Continue Reading

2015 Mileage rate change

I looked but did not see anything, for those that manually track your mileage, the 2015 rate is now $.575 so you just got a "raise" LOL.... Continue Reading

tracking mileage

if you do several shops in a day, going from one directly to the next; can you just track your beginning and ending mileage or do you track mileage between each shop?... Continue Reading

1099's and reimbursement (mostly)

I tried searching and could not find this topic. I only shop for my favorite companies nowadays and I received a notice from Goodwin that they need my info for a 1099. Do I still claim all of the money they reimbursed me for even if it was not really... Continue Reading

Maritz & 1099

Has anyone gotten their 1099 yet ? Thanks... Continue Reading

2014 tax deductions to make before the year's out

This video segment was on The Today Show this morning. I was just too busy to post in the forum until now. Do what you will with it. http://www.today.com/money/2014-tax-deductions-make-years-out-1D80395109 (VIDEO)... Continue Reading

IRS Mileage Rate in 2015

The IRS mileage rate in 2015 is increasing from 56.0 cents to 57.5 cents per mile. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/New-Standard-Mileage-Rates-Now-Available;-Business-Rate-to-Rise-in-2015 In my opinion, it may drop later in the year if gas prices stay low. It changed twice in a year as recently as 2011.... Continue Reading

Questions on taxes

This is my first year mystery shopping. My question is when filing, what does the government see as earnings? Since we receive money for a job as well as payment for, lets say a meal at the restaurant we are evaluating, will we be taxed for the entire payment or... Continue Reading

IRS documentation

Please share the format you utilize to record mystery-shop activity from start-to IRS. Do you record the initial date to include location and time? The income? The expenses incurred? The mileage, round-trip? The reimbursement? My format could use a new year's resolution! Please share your successes. Thanks... Continue Reading

Clarification needed on taxes

As the end of the year approaches, I have been researching all of the threads on the forum (as well as the IRS website) regarding taxes. I understand tracking income and reasonable business deductions with the goal to show under a $400 profit to avoid paying self employment tax. My... Continue Reading

Giving SSN to Client

I just saw that for some of the Bank shops for Maritz, they are asking for permission to give my SSN to the bank to see if I qualify to be able to the shop. They are also asking for release of any liability on Maritz's part for anything... Continue Reading

cell phone and taxes

How many of you write off your cell phone or a portion of your cell phone use for mystery shopping on your taxes? Is there a formula to follow? thanks... Continue Reading

taxes and mileage

Hi all. I am trying to figure things out. For tax purposes- I basically take my pay/fee + reimbursed money then subtract my expenses (Like if I had to purchase a meal or pizza for the required shop?) Can I also include paper and ink for my printer since I... Continue Reading

1099 questions, please

One of the MSC reimburses for the product purchased during the shop. Not all of their shops require purchases. I know they won't send you a 1099 unless you make over $600. Does the 1099 break down whether it is a fee or reimbursement? Or are reimbursements included in the total amount? I... Continue Reading

Reduce Transportation Expenses City Bus!

I was reading the threads on the net money and was surprised on the gas expense of shoppers. So I'll share how I keep mine down. I am performing shops for two days on one bus line. I pay $20 for a 7 day pass. Wednesday I was fortunate: I did... Continue Reading

Cell phone apps - Income as MS income for taxes or seperate?

I know it's a bit early for tax time. However, I started getting into the cellphone apps like Gigwalk, Rewardable and others and am wondering how mystery shoppers treat that income and expenses for taxes purposes. Do you combine it with your mystery shopping Scheduler C? It... Continue Reading

Mystery Shopper without a SSN

One of my former college coworkers is back in the states working on her Master's. She mystery shopped a bit this fall for companies that did not require a SNN to get paid unless you made more than the $600. She made sure she fell under that amount for this... Continue Reading

social security number?

Hi All- I am considering becoming a mystery shopper and one of the questions in the form was to include my SS number.... I am concerned about doing this because of scams and potential identity theft, especially after I filled out a myriad of other personal information on the same page.... Continue Reading

MSI requiring EIN?

MSI says you HAVE to have an EIN to get paid. Anyone shop with MSI and just use a SS#? I know they say it is easy to get a EIN...just curious if I really HAVE to? Do other companies have this requirement? TIA... Continue Reading

Need some info on claiming expenses.

I just started mystery shopping this week and I'm loving it. Its the perfect second job. But I have a few questions about claiming expenses. First and most important: Mileage. I read online that the reimbursement rate is .568cents/mile. Now when I factor in my mileage am I counting all... Continue Reading

Trendsource reimbursement and taxes

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Trendsource lumps your reimbursements with shopper fees at the end of the tax year. Is that correct? If so, how do you handle it on your taxes? Thanks!... Continue Reading

Giving SSN is one thing, but my State ID online, not comfortable.

Giving SSN is one thing, but not sure about putting my State photo ID online. I have an EIN, but unless I'm driving a vehicle, it should not be a requirement (besides, I would show that ID to the Auto Sales shop for my test drive not to the MSC,... Continue Reading

Looking for Mystery shopper companies to do bussniss with

Hi: my name is shelly saxton I am a realtor looking to do Bussniss with mystery shoppers companies Please call me or email me at ss.dreamcastle@yahoo.com Thanks Shelly's... Continue Reading

Social Security Number

I do a lot of shops with sassie companies. For some reason, my social security number does not always work...but this is only with sassie companies...and sometimes it does work. I have tried contacting the individual companies but they have been NO help at all. They make me feel stupid... Continue Reading

How much do you end up paying in taxes?

Not a specific dollar amount, but when all is said and done, what percent of your earnings to you actually end up paying taxes on after expenses? I was looking at my mileage tracker and since I live in a rural area, there are a lot of miles on... Continue Reading

Keeping Track of Mileage

So when tallying all my miles for my shop do I calculate to and from or just to? If I do one shop in a day that is ten miles from my house and I go straight home after the shop, should I record as 10 or 20 miles?... Continue Reading

Income taxes

I've done 3 whole shops and am currently scheduled for 2 more this week. They are all from different companies, which got me thinking, ... ... Will I be sent income statements from EVERY SINGLE COMPANY? OR, Am I responsible for keeping track of my aggregate income? OR, Do the companies send out income statements... Continue Reading

IRS SCAM

I was notified by my daughter who just received an attempted SCAM from the IRS. Our CPA notified all of his customers to warn all of us about this. She reported it to the police. Our CPA told us that he received several calls from his customers... Continue Reading

What "fun" stuff does mystery shopping income fund for you?

Not to be nosy, just wondering what fun stuff others use mystery shopping to pay for? My full-time job pays my bills, so I use mystery shopping for "extras." I recently bought a 60" flat screen TV and the furniture it sits on with MS money. Mystery... Continue Reading

EIN vs SSN and Tax Returns

Hi All - I have one MSC that I regularly shop for. They are one of my favorites. But they will not accept an EIN. I have recently done my first shop for TS. Although their sign up procedure says you just don't get to self-assign without an EIN, their inital quiz... Continue Reading

Applying for an EIN as an LLC

Hello, Has anyone heard of applying for an EIN as an LLC instead of a sole proprietor? Just curious. Thanks, Dan... Continue Reading

What is income?

Can anyone tell me, are (reimbursed) meals and items you buy considered income for tax purposes? Also, I do a lot of product testing (for example, I would receive Dr. Scholl's orthotics in the mail to try and have to report on what I thought of them. I get to... Continue Reading

How do I get an EIN, etc?

Well, I just saw on another thread a member suggest that another member get an EIN and not use their SSN. Can someone please give me the benefits of this and how to go about it? I am rather new and have given my SSN to date.... Continue Reading

Here's a reason I love mystery shopping as an income stream.....

I was just released from 13 days of hospitalization last Saturday and right now I am recooping from some pretty intense surgery. I need to have my life kind of free of details at the moment to heal and since I am an IC as a mystery shopper -... Continue Reading

I Know Your SSN

I printed off the paperwork for a merchandising assignment several days ago. It was for checking a line of products before Mother's Day. There were a few pages included that confused me but I decided to keep them with the others. Later, I realized that they were... Continue Reading

Taxes

My reimbursement for mileage is more than my compensation from the shops (not including reimburesment for expenses). Will I still owe taxes? Do I need to seperate my shops from my husbands he only did a few?... Continue Reading

Health Insurance Deduction

FYI...I just learned through research...you cannot deduct your health insurance premiums if you're eligable for health insurance through your spouse's employer. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/health-insurance-tax-deductible-sole-proprietors-60334.html. This counts me out.... Continue Reading

Proof of Income

Hi All-Is it OK to use invoices as poof of income?... Continue Reading

What Do You Use To File Your Taxes?

I'm interested in finding out what is used to file taxes and inputting IC data. I've been using TurboTax in the past and kind of hoped that it would be good for IC taxes. I do the taxes myself for our family and my husband works from home also. ... Continue Reading

is the full odometer reading legally required for irs tax purposes?

are full odometer readings necessary when recording mileage for business purposes? (for example: 54607 starting and 54637 ending). a friend of mine told me that he doesn't record the exact odometer reading, but that he only records how many miles that he drove that day (for example: 50 miles). but he... Continue Reading

DEDUCTION QUESTIONS FOR SCHEDULE C

I do not understand taxes for Mystery Shopping and I need HELP, please! Wages and expenses are broken out for most companies I work for, but some are not. I worked for several different companies in 2013. I am not too concerned about mileage because I used... Continue Reading

Taxes for Mystery Shopping

After receiving what I needed from the msc's and filing last week, I got my refund this morning. That was fast! :) They had no problem with my expenses. I'm a small fry in their books I guess. :)... Continue Reading

Trendsource EIN?

It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me that Trendsource seems to REQUIRE an EIN in order to shop for them. Am I missing something?? I'm one guy, not an employer or employee. Why would I want an EIN??... Continue Reading

Filing taxes separately or jointly

Just curious how do those of you who are married file taxes? Separately or jointly? My spouse is working full time and I did not make much MSing, yet he can no longer claim me as his dependent. Not sure what to do. Any advice?... Continue Reading

Taxes - Help!

My situation is slightly different than most when it comes to taxes. I already work from home for my current job, and drive a company car and have a home office. Clearly, I cannot double dip. I'm trying to fill out my Schedule C and I feel like I'm over-complicating it.... Continue Reading

Taxes

Hi, I am a relatively new mystery shopper and I do not completely understand how we are supposed to report taxes. I mean, I understand that if you earn more than $ 600 with company X, it will send you a form to pay taxes. I also heard that if... Continue Reading

taxes (CANADIAN)

Ok so tax season has arrived in Canada (booooo!) I haven't done THAT many mystery shops. through all of the mystery shopping companies im with I have maybe reached the $200 mark (& that includes the reimbursments) So my question is ( I suck at math & just dump my... Continue Reading

Ardent 1099 Frustration

I love working for Ardent. They pay the following month. Although their reports are long, they're pretty easy to do, and the pay is relatively high. However, they always send 1099s which include the costs of the meals we are required to buy. We can only write off 50% of... Continue Reading

Mileage Tracking/Accounting...still scratching my head...Need help please :-)

First, thank you all for the wonderful tips and strategies posted on this forum! They are precious nuggets that have helped me become more organized and able to track income and expenses for tax purposes. I am sincerely grateful :-) That being said, I am still struggling with... Continue Reading

Groceries and taxes?

How are you guys counting groceries on your taxes? I'm not sure how to do it. For example, multiple grocery shops I do have a flat fee, no reimbursement, but a required purchase. Can I count the entire thing as an expense (up to the fee) or just the cheapest... Continue Reading

Time to file taxes

With some changes from different companies, I am worried that I will under-report my earnings. As I understand it, we only file for income of $600 or more from any given company. Yet, some companies, i.e. Tallgrass (Sunflower) is taking taxes out of my earnings every job. They did not send... Continue Reading

Giving Social Security # to Market Force?

I was looking to sign up at the website MarketForce, during the application it required a SS# should I give it or is this a scam?... Continue Reading

1099 Question

Does anyone know if the 1099 $600 threshold covers amounts earned in a given year or is it for amounts actually paid? I performed shops in 2013 where commissions exceeded $600, but the payments I received in 2013 were less than $600. The rest of the payments... Continue Reading

Taxes reimbursement

Just a quickie. Is reimbursement still considered your income when filling taxes? Or just commission? Do I need to report both? Thanks!... Continue Reading

Will having an EIN change tax prep?

I signed up for a MSC that requires an EIN and registered online to get my number. I have already done a couple jobs for them. Now I have seen a few posts from people that prefer not to have a EIN. Does having one change how... Continue Reading

The 1099's are coming! The 1099's are coming!

I know that we shouldn't need them if we've been keeping meticulous track of payments, but that 1099 lends assurance to the accuracy of my figures, lets me know that what they're reporting to the gov't is also what I'm reporting, and if there's a difference it affords a final... Continue Reading

Using a fake Social Security number?

There's a shop that says you will use a 'provided' social security number. That seemed fine, until I realized that I'll have to use my real name. So, is that going to create anything weird in my records, since my name will now be floating around with two social security... Continue Reading

1099 for $15??

I did one assignment for this company and chose not to work for them anymore. I made $15 and just received a 1099 for it!? I definitely wasn't expecting that, since it's way below $600.... Continue Reading

Business Cards, Income Tax Codes, and More

Hi, Obviously, this is my first go around at tax time. So, what are the various tax codes that you use? 2) Do you have a title? Obviously I am not a housewife. 3) Do you have business cards? The MSPA site, I think, said that they recommended business cards. So, do... Continue Reading

Income Tax Shop

Someone stated that the Income Tax Shop is known by the tax preparer? I thought it said something else when I read it and passed it over? How is that known? Is the company being shopped at the time also? Why is that considered a hit on the persons... Continue Reading

1099 Issued Because Of Expenses Reimbursements!

I relied on the advice given on the "Taxes and Mystery Shopping" thread by Flash that said only shop fees, and not reimbursements, were taxable. Because of this I got a 1099 from a MS company because $70 of expenses put my income $18 over the $599 limit. I did... Continue Reading

Taxes and home office

Did everyone see that the tax option is available this year that you can claim a flat $5 a square foot for a home office, up to 300 square feet. That simplifies things, and you can take the simple deductions one year and the regular deduction a different year... Continue Reading

1099 Change for 2013

You are receiving this message because you were an active shopper in 2013. We are reaching out to you to inform you of 1099 requirements based on the changes to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6050W. I received the message below from one of the MSCs I work with and... Continue Reading

1099's, PayPal and the IRS

I was on a MSC website today and they had a link about a new 1099 IRS rule concerning PayPal. I clicked on the link, went to PayPal were they had the information. So, you can sign in and put 1099 in the search area of PayPal and get the... Continue Reading

Denied Shop Report and Taxes

This situation hasn't arisen yet, but I thought I would ask just in case. If a shop report is denied and I am not granted payment, can I claim the cost of that shop (travel and expenses) on my taxes as a business expense?... Continue Reading

Weird question about keeping track of expenses

I know I should keep track of all expenses incurred while shopping, but should I keep track of gambling expenses while doing casino shops?... Continue Reading

Here's a twist on writing off mileage.....

I'm wondering, as I have started taking the bus to shops - I have cut the distance in which I am willing to travel to shops a bit as I have other projects going too now - and I buy a monthly bus pass to get to shops which in... Continue Reading

Question about mileage

I am really trying to 1-do more mystery shops this year and 2-stay organized as I do it! I currently do home services as my full time job. I provide services in several towns around me. If I do a shop between 2 of my sessions for my full time... Continue Reading

Mileage logs: How detailed to they have to be? Specifically for IRS purposes?

Mileage logs: How detailed do they have to be? Specifically for IRS purposes? For example: If I make 10-20 stops on a route (let's say about 50-100 miles of driving), can I log the mileage at just the first and last stops, or am I required to log the mileage at... Continue Reading

Shopper Income vs "Normal" Income

The $50k thread had me thinking today while I was driving. In relation to $$ left over after taxes and expenses and quality of life, how do you think Shopping income stacks up against "normal" income? I'm mostly talking about people who shop full time compared to someone... Continue Reading

Does anyone here actually have an income over $50,000?

Got a shop offer and that was a requirement...odd.... Continue Reading

How to determine mileage when riding subway

So, I'm keeping track of my mileage for shops. However, I am planning to take the subway system for some of the shops near me. How do I account for my mileage in this case? Is it just keeping track of the miles covered, like I would if I were... Continue Reading

taxes and health insurance

I read this on the taxes link above: Of course the reason that I shop, if you pay your own health insurance, it can be deducted against your business to the extent that your business is profitable. Thus, if my health insurance costs me $3100 per year, the first $3100 of... Continue Reading

New IRS "simple" method for deducting a home office

According to the current issue of the Costco Connection (their member magazine), the IRS has a new way to do an at home office deduction that does not incur depreciation when you sell your home. I am not sure if non members can access the magazine online through Costco.com... Continue Reading

profit and taxes

Hello, I have read through the tax information in the new shopper area. It makes sense, and I understand the schedule C that has to be filled out. I have income (what I was paid, not including reimbursements), deductions (for me, seems just straight mileage, and perhaps a copy... Continue Reading

Opinion on mileage/hourly drivetime changes

I received an email last night from a company that is about to become a former company I worked for. They have cut the drive time wage by 30%, and now only pay between stores. Effective immediately. The current assignment I am about to send back was only accepted because... Continue Reading

taxes

Oh dear, I was hoping that if I just ignored taxes they would just go away. But I started to read the forum on taxes. From the sticky from flash: There are shops to be done at Costco that require a Costco membership. When my membership is up for renewal, I... Continue Reading

Giving social security number online

Hello, I have been asked by several companies to give my social security number online. I hesitate because it is online and I do not know the company. Is this legitimate? Have any of you done this? There is a post saying Sassie cannot register you anymore if you don't give... Continue Reading

Employer Identification Number

One of the companies wants shoppers that do the Medicare shops to have an EIN. Should I just skip the shops with this company? Not sure how much work is involved but I'm doing this to make a little money and not a full time or even part... Continue Reading

Does Anyone Know What's Up With The IRS?

I received an e-mail regarding an industry teleconference. I probably won't be able to attend since I have a fine dining shop during the same time period. Three topics of conversation are listed below. Does anyone have any insight as to what is going on with the... Continue Reading

deactivation/social security

Today I was trying to get a copy of my credit report and I was thinking about it and I realized that my social security number is plastered at 40 different mystery shopping company websites. I am thinking of bailing on mystery shopping because of various reasons. (Mainly b/c I... Continue Reading

Leasing a vehicle for better tax deductions?

I read an article that said if you are self employed there is an advantage to leasing over buying a vehicle because more is deductible on schedule C. Would any of you care to weigh in on this statement?... Continue Reading

mileage questions

Ok, I have a question for you more experience shoppers. When tracking mileage, do you just track out of town or all, even if you only live a couple miles from where your assignment is. hmross... Continue Reading

Extra Income, not Registered Business

I don't see this topic addressed anywhere: I don't want to register a "business" for mystery shopping because that would mean paying scads of local and state fees. I just want to report my 1099 as extra income. Can I still claim my travel and office supplies as... Continue Reading

Deductions

Thanks to this forum, I no longer get invested in the ratings I receive as long as my overall average enables me to continue to self-assign. Also, from information gleaned here, I feel pretty comfortable understanding that rejected shops, generally, result from not following the specific guidelines. If you're not at... Continue Reading

They are offering a hotel shops...$600 expenses, shopper pay $0???? Really?

That means that I have to put up to $600, wait to get reimbursed, take the risk that my shop could be rejected and I would be in the hole for the expenses...and I don't make any money on top of that? Do some Mystery Shopping companies really think people... Continue Reading

Deductions for "Grammar & Spelling"

I recently posted in a lively discussion about scores from the editors at Intelli-shop. In that discussion I admitted that I always get scores of 8 with deductions for grammar. I used to get the same score for deductions of grammar & spelling. Then I downloaded a... Continue Reading

Reimbursable Expenses = Income or Not

Do I have to count reimbursable expenses as income on my taxes?... Continue Reading

Why do companies need EIN?

I have a SSN. I thought just having that would be okay. I am being asked to apply for an EIN. I don't know what that is. I've only lived in Ameria for a few years and have never worked. I am retired. (except for mystery shopping)... Continue Reading

Setting aside money for taxes

Hello, I am very new to this. I understand that there is a certain of taxes taken for like medicare, state, social security, and whatever else. Would it be helpful to set aside some of the money that is made from each assignment instead of spending it all at... Continue Reading

Mileage/Tax question

Wondering if any veteran shoppers can help me with this one? We are at the beach on vacation about 200 miles from home. Of course, I couldn't help myself and picked up a handful of shops while here that will help offset the cost of the trip :) So the question is... Continue Reading

So do we HAVE to have an EIN for Trendsource?

Is it a requirement or simply encouraged? I used to do their grocery stores years ago until they started requiring the EIN. I thought I had read somewhere on the forum that it's not required. I signed up for a shop for this Thursday. If I... Continue Reading

SSN 2013

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Validating SSN - CORI

I signed up with CORI a few days ago (Monday, I think) and was accepted as a shopper/auditor, but it says that I cannot complete or sign up for any shops until they've validated my SSN... Does anyone have an idea of how long this usually takes? I'm anxious to... Continue Reading

Expenses

I am trying to figure my taxes out. Fore example, if I am being reimbursed up to 4.75 for alcohol compliance shop and I buy a bottle of alchohol that is over 4.75 can I claim the full amount. Of course, there was alchohol that was under 4.75.... Continue Reading

Unsure how to express this in an nonoffensive way so please forgive my gracelessness.

This is sort of off topic and I'm not sure where to post this kind of (potentially insensitive) question. So yea...I hope my wording doesn't come across as disrespectful. Apparently, the shop I conducted was in an area where I stood out (which I didn't know before I visited the area). It... Continue Reading

Ball Park Figure for MS Income

I realize this is a tough question but can you give a ballpark idea of reasonable income expectation based on, lets say, 30 - 40 hrs/wk worked in a metropolitan area (Detroit) after two or so months of experience? Thanks... Continue Reading

TAXES

Does anyone know what taxes are based on. The total of the shop (including the cost of the food) or just the fee paid by the shop to do the shopping??????... Continue Reading

grocery store shops and taxes

I started shopping in 2012 and am now JUST I am sloghing (sp) through my 2012 taxes. I shop several different grocery chains for as many different mscs. They all pay differnetly. #1 msc - grocery store requires a small nonreimbursed purchase and pays with a whooping $60.00 gift... Continue Reading

Social Security Hell (Wish they would consider mystery shoppers!)

This is my month of experiencing government hell firsthand as a citizen of the United States. Bad enough I already have had to endure the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Rabun County Tag Office but these past three days I have spent a total of 5 ½... Continue Reading

Canadian taxes

Hi, I have looked though the forum and have found tons of info on US taxes, but almost none for Canada. Anyone have any info on Canadian taxes. Do you have to worry about companies where your fees (minus reimbursement) do not exceed $600? Do you have to keep... Continue Reading

1099 Misc. Form

I filed my taxes last month but got a letter from the IRS I needed to submit W2 and 1099 misc. forms. I noted the IRS does not allow 1099 form to be printed for some reason? I also noted I am required to submit the tax #... Continue Reading

Reimbursements only and taxes...

IF you do a reimbursement shop only (ex-caliber grocery stores).....do you have to claim that $14 as income?... Continue Reading

Background Check, EIN & W-9 Requirement?

Would anyone care to give opinions, feedback, on the idea of companies requiring shoppers to obtain an EIN from the IRS, and to pay for Background Checks? I've been performing shops for approx. 20 clients, for years, and I've not quite decided if I want to sign up with new companies... Continue Reading

Can I use this as a Tax Deduction ?

We have all discussed mileage and keeping logs of our shops. If I leave town because of a shop and need to leave my four legged baby with a sitter or kennel can I write that off as an expense? No, laughing at me.... Continue Reading

Mileage Nightmare

I will try to explain this as easy as I can. I have been working on my taxes this weekend. I work a full-time job that as of June 1, 2012 cancelled usage of the company fleet card for gas. I work out in the field on... Continue Reading

Mileage / Tax question

I work a 9 to 5 job Monday through Friday (i.e. main job). If I am picking up a shop after work, do I claim miles from my main job to the shop site? Also, If I am doing a 'route' on Saturday/Sunday do I have to exclude my mileage to the... Continue Reading

Just Finished My Taxes For 2012

Mileage: same Overall expenses: same Pay: down by 25% due to lowered shopper fees According to my calculations, this will place my business to the minus for that year for the first time since 2009. Anyone else experiencing this?... Continue Reading

Taxes (Canada) Reimbursements as Income?

Hello Looking for fellow Canadians or others that can guide me. My first full year of Mystery Shopping and learning a lot about receipts I should have kept. Anyway, is it better to claim reimbursements as income then the shop as an expense? Or Not to claim the reimbursement. I got... Continue Reading

Microsoft Streets & Trips Understates Mileage

I just got home from an overnight shopping route. I used Streets & Trips to plan the route and it calculated 379.7 miles. I reset the trip odometer when I left home and the actual mileage was 458.9. Granted there was a dinner shop and the hotel which I did... Continue Reading

asking for mileage costs

I've been doing Mystery Shopping for a little while now, but this is the first instance I've come across where I might have the opportunity to ask for additional reimbursement - I've been asked to do a series of shops that's not exactly in my "neck of the woods."... Continue Reading

Social Security Number

I am just starting to apply for Mystery Shopping companies. I'm still somewhat apprehensive of the validity of the sites not knowing which ones may be scams. Some are asking for my social security number upfront during the application. That makes me nervous. What are your... Continue Reading

Unjust report point deductions

I have been shopping for about a year now and I take pride in earning 10's on reports. Well yesterday I got an e-mail saying I did not include the year of the car I drove to the dealership for my auto shop I did a week ago. ... Continue Reading

Does anyone still shop Trendsouce without the EIN?

I'm just wandering. After they got rid of my grocery spot, I don't take the shops. I didn't get the EIN either.... Continue Reading

Did any one get a 1099 from Shoppers' Critique

Did anyone get a 1099 form from Shoppers' Critique? I was told I should get it from PayPal but I do not think that is a true statement. I made more than $600.00 and I thought they should be sending me one. Thanks... Continue Reading

Do I Need to Report My Income?

Hey all! I'm (very) new here. I signed up for ACL and am looking forward to doing some mystery shopping. I am NOT looking to do it full time. Perhaps a couple a month. I have an income under $20,000 a year and am a college student. So, my question... Continue Reading

Heads-Up on 1099s from Ritter Associates

In an email today: "You are being notified today that FORM 1099-MISC distributed to you by RitterAssociates that you have received, or will receive, is incorrect. A revised FORM 1099-MISC is being prepared and will be distributed via postal mail as soon as possible. The revised FORM 1099-MISC... Continue Reading

Question about the 1099

I have a question about the 1099. Does the $600.00 that initiates the form include the reimbursement amounts in that total? Thanks, Renee East Hartford, CT... Continue Reading

TAXES - is this a large net loss?

ok, 2011 was my first year mystery shopping and it was only part of the year. i filed a schedule c and ended up with a small net profit (under $400). but, for 2012, it is looking like i am going to have a pretty large net loss.... Continue Reading

URGENT! hELP!! MSC EIN

This post is similar to a previous post, but not exactly so keep reading. Techman answered the other question for me. Here's my situation: My car has died and needs expensive repairs. I can't work without car. If I can't work, I can't fix the... Continue Reading

1099 includes reimbursements? huh?

I received a 1099 from a company that I didn't think would send me one. I did 15 shops last year at $5 each. However, these were dining shops so the reimbursements ranged from $35 to $50 with most being $50. Is it correct that they are... Continue Reading

Gift Cards and Taxes.....Question.....

If you do a Merchantile Shop and they pay you "Gift Card Only" and in that, you purchased your dinner, how does that wash, in the tax dept? Dinner $14.00 (you paid) Gift Card Reimbursement $40 Gift Card (they give you $40 GC for dinner, no matter how much you spend). So, is... Continue Reading

MSP EIN numbers

Has anyone compiled a list, or is there a site to go to or something, where a list of EIN numbers for all the MSPs are in one place. I'm working on my taxes and reporting income from MSPs who are not required to send me a 1099. ... Continue Reading

Income Tax Return Shops

Does anyone know of any income tax return shops?... Continue Reading

1099s including reimbursements? Please tell us!

This was started so that we can alert one another to the MSCs that are issuing 1099s that include reimbursements as income. As of now, it looks like ACE has done this. Please report any that you find.... Continue Reading

what are legally acceptable mileage records for taxes?

what are legally acceptable mileage records for taxes? - i put a lot of miles on my vehicle with mystery shopping, often 100 miles on a day's route. this means that i want to deduct a large sum of money for the year at 55 cents per mile ($50 per trip... Continue Reading

A certain mystery shopping company and messed up 1099's

In March of 2012, a certain mystery shopping company mistakenly paid most of their shoppers twice for their February shops. When they noticed the error, they asked that we send the money back via payquicker, which I did. They then took the money from my payquicker account... Continue Reading

Social Security Disability Ruleas

I started out on SSDI when I was 59. I am now 63 and I want to know if I am still considered under SSDI or regular Social Security and what are the rules for working while on SSDI or SS...anybody know?... Continue Reading

Curious about IRS and payment received.

I received a check on New Year's Eve in the mail, but it didn't get into the bank until Jan. 2. For purposes of my taxes, was it receive in tax year 2012 even though there's no record of it being deposited until 2013?... Continue Reading

MS & IRS...HELP

I am a current mystery shopper and just realized through research that I am suppossed to be paying taxes on my earnings. I was under the impression that as long as I made $600 or less from each MS company that I worked for then I was okay. Can someone... Continue Reading

2012 taxes

I stopped working at my job this Jan. I was on disability for six weeks before retiring in April. I started mystery shopping and merchandising in May. I earned less than $600 working for several different companies. Do I just include the income I earned on my assignments as additional... Continue Reading

Mileage Tax Write-off increase in 2013

Just got an e-mail from my Lawyer that said that the IRS mileage rate is going up to 56 1/2 cents a mile. Whooo!... Continue Reading

One hundred pairs of shoes???

Please let me know if the subject line is against the rules. I just saw a posting for this at a MSC and I'm wondering if it is as difficult as it sounds? It's really close to my house and the pay is decent but it seems complicated. Any tips would... Continue Reading

determining mileage?....

I have a question that I cannot find an answer for in other threads. I have never used an actual mileage deduction before, but need to with MSing...With DHs business, we just do a percentage of personal/business. Figuring out MS mileage at home is easy, but if we go on... Continue Reading

Can I claim car and mileage on taxes?

I have a question.... How do I claim the car that I just purchased and the mileage from the old car that I traded in, on my taxes. Yes, I do have a "regular job", but I do a lot of traveling for my Mystery shopping. Because of that, I... Continue Reading

Tax Deductions

Before returning to mystery shopping as more or less a full-time occupation, I MSed just for Market Force back around 2003-2005. At that point I didn't even take any deductions. It was simply for some running around money. Now I will take every deduction available. I figure if multi-millionaires can... Continue Reading

HINTS ON TAXES

Yes it is true you don't HAVE to have an EIN, but it is advisable to have one so you are not giving your SSN out to everyone. I was referring to things that help support the idea that you are a business, and a business bank account is... Continue Reading

Mileage question

I'm still relatively new to mystery shopping (I started in March), but I can't get my head around the mileage question. I know we can claim 55.5 cents per mile on our taxes for business miles driven. What I can't figure out yet is how that translates to real life. What I'm... Continue Reading

using fake ssn?

i've been doing shops for about a year now and i like it a lot. recently i got an assignment for a college admissions shop, but they want me to use a fake ssn if i talk to someone from financial aid. has anyone does this before? the msc has... Continue Reading

WC Taxes withheld?

I have never had a company deduct Worker's Comp Taxes from a check...........until now! Any one have any experience with this?... Continue Reading

Social security #s?

Why do they need them? Especially when you register....... Continue Reading

IRS mileage allowance

Does anyone have any info on the 2012 IRS gas mileage allowance?... Continue Reading

Employer Identification Number - Is this REQUIRED?

Hello All, I'm looking for a bit of advice from the seasoned shoppers on this forum. I've completed numerous shopper applications where the choice was always given between either entering an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or a Social Security Number and as such I've also entered the latter. However,... Continue Reading

Can this be an actual income or strictly extra money?

Hi, I am very new to this and was wondering if it is possible to make a living at it or if it is just good as extra income. I like to set realistic expectations so I don't want to go in expecting to make a ton of money... Continue Reading

IRS and Receipts

Does anyone know off the top of their head if the IRS would be OK with electronic receipts as proof of reimbursement for shops? I can keep hard copies of my receipts for six months, a year (depending on the MSC), but if I have an electronic copy, it seems to... Continue Reading

TrendSource EIN

Help! I did one job for TrendSource and thought my social security was the EIN. Apparently not. I am scheduled for two jobs this week, but there is no way I am applying for this number. Am I out of luck?... Continue Reading

What are some good apps for iPad tracking income expenses and mileage

Hi I would love a calendar option that had a job income tracking option so I can keep track of what I'm spending out and what I should be getting back in names of the companies that owe me money... Continue Reading

Need tools to organize my income and expenses

Hi I'm new to this post I need some help tracking my income and expenses and managing my mileage and so forth can anybody help me so I can get a true bottom line of what I'm making. I use my iPad so if there's a great app for this... Continue Reading

MS Income for big purchase?

Have you used your Mystery Shopping as part of your income on an app for a big purchase? If so, how did you list it? How do they verify your income? I've got 9 months history of PayPal and bank deposits I could print out, is that enough? BTW, I probably should... Continue Reading

Validating Social Security Numbers

I've signed up with a few new companies more than a week ago, and their websites show that my SSN is still pending. Approximately, how long does it take for one's SSN to clear a system? One site won't let me shop at all, and another won't pay me... Continue Reading

Any companies that DON'T require a social security # upfront?

I know there have been a lot of discussions on this, but I am not comfortable giving my SSN out during the application process - especially when I may never even do a shop for that company. Are there any companies that don't require SSN upfront? Or that... Continue Reading

Mileage Charges

I tried a search and maybe I did not use the correct words. How do you calculate what you ask for mileage when trying to negotiate fees for a shop?... Continue Reading

do mystery shopping companies report shopper payments to the IRS?

last april, i requested a tax extension, so that my 2011 tax forms aren't due now until november 2012. i just want to make sure that i'm filing everything correctly. so anyway, i was sent a 1099 from one mystery shopping company (research services group) that shows an amount paid... Continue Reading

My New Policy Is to Charge IRS Mileage Rate

I have been shopping for almost two years and, even in that short time, I've seen a lot of changes; primarily, fees going down, delays in reimbursement, and certification requirements. In addition to mystery shopping, I do a lot of business verification and photo verifications for several companies. In the past,... Continue Reading

Trendsource responds: here is why an EIN is necessary and will be with all msc's soon

As I suspected, it has to do with the gov't and coming state and federal regulations and them going the length to make sure they can't classify IC's and employees. Here is what they say(The part of Congress trying repeal section 530 of a law in effect since 1978 is... Continue Reading

Trendsource ein enforcement

Ok the EIN deadline has now come and gone. still get the same job offers. Anyone hear anything.... Continue Reading

ssn

How do you know who will have access to your ssn if you do not know anything about the company or even if they are veted and bonded????... Continue Reading

Milage Tax Deduction. IT IS LONG GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just had my taxes done and the big milage deduction is gone. The mystery shops know it too. And ask me if they told us about it. The tax code was changed two years ago. If you leave you home and drive to a mystery... Continue Reading

Giving companies my SSN

Should I sign up with companies that require my SSN when I have an EIN (Employer Identification Number)? I am extremely concerned about entering my SSN online or giving to companies that I am not sure of.... Continue Reading

maximizing income from mystery shopping

i am new to this world. can someone tell me how to maximize one's earnings from mystery shopping? i am on about 20 job boards but i do not know if that is enough. i seem to only be getting shops that pay 10 to 50 dollars... Continue Reading

Speaking of Taxes...

I keep a detailed spreadsheet for each month of shops that I have done. It lists the following info in columns across the top: JOB ID SITE ID DEBRIEF CODE (One MSC uses hexadecimal codes to debrief all shops) TYPE DUE DATE DATE DONE TOTAL COST TOTAL PAID TAXABLE AMT INVOICE DATE INVOICE NBR - PAYPAL DATE PAID BUSINESS NAME STREET ADDRESS CITY ST ZIP BUSINESS PHONE MILEAGE EXPENSES MSC Then... Continue Reading

Income tax credit

In completing the 1099 section, I must select a Business/Activity type and Business Activity Code. I don't know what to choose and am not sure where MS and BV fit it. Any suggestions?... Continue Reading

SO so fed up with MSC's outdated SSN validation systems!

Rant. I am soo so annoyed right now. I'm from Canada, married an American, did all the paperwork etc and got a legitimate SSN last summer. At the time Social Security told me that they had just started issuing SSNs starting with an 8, previously any SSN starting with... Continue Reading

How much does IRS allow for mileage please? anyone?

I just did 77 miles yesterday for 2 $15.00 shops, and paid $3.90 per gallon of gas. I'm wondering if anyone knows how much IRS allows per mile? Thanks in advance. S.... Continue Reading

Tracking Expenses and Mileage

Thanks for the useful information. Although I've been doing this for many years, last year was the first year I've ever made a significant income from mystery shopping. I did not track mileage throughout the year because I didn't plan to do as much shopping as I did.... Continue Reading

Earned Income Tax Credit

Does anyone know if Connecticut had an Earned Income Tax Credit in place for 2010?... Continue Reading

Taxes: What do you put down under the category for freelance business.

I am trying to do my tasks. One of the question is to categorize my business I do work for my self. IS there a specific task code for mystery shop. I just chose the general code 99999. Thanks.... Continue Reading

CORI Corrected 1099

Has anyone received it yet? The email that I received said that everyone would be receiving a corrected 1099. I'm sure it's coming in the next couple of days....just wondering if anyone else had received one yet.... Continue Reading

SSN / EIN

First company I am trying to sign on with is CRI. They won't accept EIN staing that "Our system does not allow the use of EIN. Company policy mandated the Social Security Number. Thank you." Company answer seemed vague. I don't want to use SSN due to past fraud matters... Continue Reading

Reporting unreimbursed expenses

I find that an Excel spreadsheet can keep track of my schedule, the fee, bonus (if any), unreimbursed expenses, reimbursements, payment date, payment amount, dates performed location, company, mileage, etc. You can add a page to the workbook to keep track of other expenses such as office supplies and... Continue Reading

Question re: Taxes - Gift Cards

Hi Everyone Sorry if this has already been addressed...if so, I wasn't able to find info. For companies that pay you with a gift card (for example the Cheesecake Factory shops)...how do you register these payments when doing your taxes? Is the gift card considered cash income? For these shops, they require you to... Continue Reading

1099s and reimbursements

I just received a 1099 from one of the companies I worked with in 2011 and notice they included reimbursements as taxable compensation in my gross wages. The reimbursements were for parking (the assignments mystery shops for a parking company), and more often than not, the parking fee was... Continue Reading

1099 forms

Does anyone know the law in California on when the companies have to send the 1099? I thought it had to be in the contractors hand no later the Jan 31st. When I contacted the specific company asking when I should be receiving it they responded they do not know... Continue Reading

CORI 1099

When does CORI send out their 1099 tax forms? 2011 was my first year working for them and I haven't received a 1099 yet. I am sure I made more than $600 in 2011.... Continue Reading

Mystery Shopper and Taxes

As a Mystery Shopper, we are required to report taxes, but it will be as "self employed". Anyone knows what can we deduct as expenses? I know miles for sure, but what about meals and other things?... Continue Reading

How do you supplement your income as Mystery Shopper?

I was just curious to know how do you supplement your income as a Mystery Shopper? In my case, in additional to being a mystery shopper, I also do Merchandising work . . . while I try to find a regular full-time job in our very poor economy. Last year,... Continue Reading

Income Source In Addition to Mystery Shopping

I am looking for some input and advice. Mystery shopping has been the main source of my income for the last couple of years but I need to make some changes and increase my income. I have divided up my MSC's and put the majority of them in... Continue Reading

Sinclairs X O Logic Test!

Hello has anyone taken this recently? I can't seem to pass it and I have to wait 30 days to re-take it. Hmmmm thought I did really good on it.... Continue Reading

My SSN confession and a question

So, I've been married for more than 32 years and have FINALLY changed my name on my SS card (after numerous trips to the SSA and plenty of long waits). For many years, it just didn't seem to matter. It has only been in probably the past 6 or so... Continue Reading

Claiming mileage

One big issue is transportation. It is difficult to find a lot of shops in one small area, even in a city. If you live in the country it is even more difficult. Then you have to compare the cost of running a vehicle (not just gas)... Continue Reading

What are reimbursable expenses?

Flash: I do a MapQuest map for every trip I take. Do you think that will be acceptable for proof of miles driven? I tried to keep track of the odometer but invariably forgot either when I left or when I got back so I just started keeping track... Continue Reading

Posting my Social Security Number

Has anyone had issues with identity theft? I have put my Social Security out on many different MSC sites. I am thinking about investing in identity theft protection like Lifelock. Any advice would be appreciated.... Continue Reading

kEEPING RECORDS FOR TAXES

With the price of gas fluctuating the way it is, do I have to keep track of each gasoline purchase and figure out how much was used for business and how much for personal use in order to deduct a business expense for it?... Continue Reading

Mileage Log

Do any of you guys know of a free Mileage log that would be accepted by the IRS and what information needs to be entered on the log? How do you guys handle that part of the mystery shopping business?... Continue Reading

1099-K

Upon going into my Paypal this morning there was a notice that I had to put in my SS number or Tax ID due to new IRS requirements. We sell some things on Ebay but not near the 20 grand limit. However I do get paid through several... Continue Reading

claiming mileage on trips with shops

I did a mystery shop at a golf course in another state. It was 350 miles away from my home. I stayed over at a hotel as it was too long a trip to drive back after golf. Can I claim the hotel as a mystery shop... Continue Reading

Leary about giving bank info or ssn

Hi everyone! I've just started mystery shopping again and most companies are asking for my ssn or bank info. I've always been taught to be very careful about whom I give my information to. Has anyone's information ever been compromised? Does anyone know if there are companies that don't require... Continue Reading

My income has dropped 50%

I am wondering if anyone else is suffering the decrease in offers. My favorite MSC do not offer the same jobs as before. Was it the fact I turned 67 a month ago? Economy? More shoppers? Whats your opinion? Lbarlbar in San Gabriel Valley California.... Continue Reading

Mileage

What is the best way to figure my mileage? Is there any software that will help? Thanks in advance.... Continue Reading

Income Reporting for Financial Assistance?

My husband recently lost his job and has been working day labor which has been off and on. So I've been mystery shopping a lot more than I used to. I'm getting ready to start shopping up to full time, but I am needing to get childcare for... Continue Reading

Apply for a Credit Card w/a Provided SSN!

No thanks! I suspect applying using a real name and a false id could be grounds for something later! And like the way this shop is not accessible as scheduler gave no links.... False names are one thing but when you put a false SS # that is getting... Continue Reading

Question about taxes

I know that if you make more than $400 you have to file for self-employment taxes. I was just wondering...does this include reimbursements? Say I made $480 in one year total that includes my shop fees and reimbursements with 5 different companies. But if I don't add in the reimbursements... Continue Reading

Supplied with social security number

I have a question on a job I was asked to complete. You had to apply for a credit card with a social security number they provided you with, is that even legal? I declined the shop.... Continue Reading

1099 Question

I am wondering how this is calculated for companies which offer a flat fee which includes reimbursement for all their shops. I sometimes have overage and sometimes underage so will the company calculate that or will I receive a 1099 when I reach $600 based on the total flat fees... Continue Reading

Payment/reimbursement Taxes

Quick question on this subject, which I have obviously deferred from addressing as long as I can! :-) I keep two columns for payments, one reflecting the base pay, and one to reflect a complete total, should reimbursements be involved. So, using a $20 shop with an 11.10 reimbursement as... Continue Reading

Any mystery shopper ever been audited by the IRS?

This year when I was doing my taxes, my tax guy said that to report my MS shopping I needed to have all the documentation, including guidelines, paystubs, receipts and surveys just in case I ever got audited. I did over 150 shops last year and made 2000 dollars. The... Continue Reading

Part B, Medicare and Taxes

I don't know if it is a new rule or whether I just never spotted the info, but for those paying Part B of Medicare, that expense can be deducted as a business expense to your self-employment (i.e. mystery shopping business). I haven't explored it as I am not... Continue Reading

Mileage

A 2010 study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another recent study found that Americans drink an average of 22 gallons of beer a year. That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles per gallon. Not bad.... Continue Reading

What can you claim when Filing your Taxes?

This is the first year I will be filing my taxes without having a full time job. What can I claim as a deductable when filing? I heard from others, milegage, computer, telephone, ink, digital camera, stop watch,paper etc. What can I read or lookup and find... Continue Reading

SSN not required

These Best Buy shops just showed up where we give them a fake SSN (provided) but our real driver's license, name and address, and we claim to have bad credit. Is it just me that does not really not feel comfortable doing things like this (for $10)?... Continue Reading

Taxes

What are you supposed to do if you earned less than $600 from a company and don't get a 1099. I have my own ideas but I don't want to cross the you know who.... Continue Reading

Social Security Number

Hello Everyone, As I said before,I am brand new at mystery shopping. I have just begun to start signing up for companies and I'm not compfortable providing my SSN on line. Any experiences or suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated. six... Continue Reading

taxes again!? &^*&%!!!!

ahh... writing all those symbols has a calming effect... ok... so small buisness claims... last year i thought i had to do one...8 months of shops did it (costed me 75 bucks extra on top of everything for turbo tax... oigh) listed all i did... shops (reimbursements as well), surveys,... Continue Reading

Keeping track of expenses

Since my 1st question went so well, I'm gonna keep going (no whammy's!) How does everyone keep track of MS, expenses, profit, paid dates, etc? Spreadsheets? Templates? Quill and ink? I've started using Google Docs spreadsheet and created a basic template, but it lacks in anything detailed. Any free templates that might... Continue Reading

Social Security Numbers

Hello, I'm brand new to the idea of Mystery Shopping. I was looking into signing up with a company and found out that they wanted my social security number in order to sign. The company that I was looking into was Maritz. With all the I.D. theft going on nowadays, should... Continue Reading

Clothing as a deduction?

I was reading on another site that you can deduct uniform expenses on your taxes. Is there any way to take this deduction as a mystery shopper? Sometimes I have to do shops at high-end retailers, etc., where I'm supposed to be wearing nicer clothes. I would... Continue Reading

Canadian Income Taxes

Hi, is there anyone in the Edmonton, AB area that you can recommend to complete our tax returns? I need someone familiar with the available deductions & won't charge a fortune since I have more than one year to complete. Thanks, Charlene... Continue Reading

Do I need to inform the IRS?

Hi All, I just started mystery shopping in the US in May and I'm wondering if I need to inform the IRS that I'm self-employed. When I mystery shopped in the UK, I had to inform the Inland Revenue (IRS equivalent) within 3 months of starting that I was self-employed, Or... Continue Reading

Mileage

Hi all Just double checking, can I claim mileage to and from an assignment. My brother seems to think I can only claim to an assignment. Also, if I have three assignments, the way I'm claiming is from home to a, a to b, b to c and then c to... Continue Reading

TAXES ON MYSTERY SHOPPING!

While most shoppers don't buy a lot of supplies, we do purchase equipment and sometimes during the course of a year spend more than $600 with a particular equipment supplier. Starting January 1, 2012 there will be a new requirement that WE, as small businesses, will need to 1099... Continue Reading

Canadian Mystery Shopping and taxes?

Sigh... I would need to find information about filing for income taxes in the Canadian system for next year if I take mystery shopping seriously and start to earn even a decent amount of money....I heard that for this type of enterprise, it is taxable if it is over $500... Continue Reading

social security numbers

i have applied to become a mystery shopper and many sites ask for social security numbers---is this safe... Continue Reading

Something I wish I knew early on: Get an EIN online

If you're registering as an independent contractor and are squeamish about entering your ssn, you can get an ein online in real time: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767,00.html... Continue Reading

Social Security Numbers

I've been doing Mystery Shopping for approximately a month now. I'm finding that it is something I enjoy doing very much. One concern I'm having is this: When I apply online at several of the Mystery Shopping firms, they want my Social Security Number. I'm real... Continue Reading

good ways of organising mystery shops for taxes next year?

Hey all what are some ways that I can get started organizing my tax information for mystery shopping for next year? I just finished my taxes and I would like to get a jump start on next year...... Continue Reading

TURBO TAX FOR TAXES

Plain old Turbo Tax Deluxe ($39 after rebate) has all the Schedule C help you will need.... Continue Reading

Income Tax Return Shops

Hi, Are income tax return shops out yet? Thanks!... Continue Reading

taxes for ss

hey does anyone know if secret shopping is considered a small buisness? i know independent contracting is something like that... i know they wont send you a form if you dont make more than 600 bucks... but can it be claimed anyway? just want to know im filling out my taxes...... Continue Reading

Mileage Record Keeping Question

I've just moved back to the US after living abroad since I was 18. Taxes are honestly still confusing for me, especially because I lived in a tax free country. The posts I've found here have been really helpful, but I do have a question: I recently started and since I... Continue Reading

Service Intelligence and taxes

I know that service intelligence says that the company does not issues 1099s and you need to print your own invoices. My question is what amount do they report to the IRS? Do they report the amount of your shop fees or the amount of your shop fees and reimbursements?... Continue Reading

New mother needs extra income, but has no clue where to start

My husband and I just found out that I'm pregnant so I'm trying to make some extra money doing some mystery shopping. I'm also trying to convince my husband that I can still command a decent pay check if I quit my job when the baby is born. Mystery shopping... Continue Reading

Software to keep track of your expenses, payments and taxes?

Anyone found a good (inexpensive) software (Mac compatible) to track your expenses, payments and taxes? Do ya'll have EINs? Do ya'll pay quarterly or just wait until April 15? Should I be keeping track of mileage to shops or is that not tax deductible?... Continue Reading

Filing Taxes

Hi all, This is the first year I've made enough money through mystery shopping that I need to file taxes. I've printed off the statements from all companies. Do you have any tips? Can I file online? Can I file with my husband? We hired an... Continue Reading

do i need my ssn to start?

i have been laid off from my job of 10 years now and i am collecting unemployment do i have to give my social security number to start, even like ms diners and resturants? thanks a million- luke b... Continue Reading

Income Taxes

How does one get paid after completing an assignment... Continue Reading

Taxes and shopping

I am new at shopping and I am wondering how everyone fills out their taxes? Do you file taxes for your shops? Do you list each company on a schedule C? This could be very time consuming. Should I just make a business name and incorporate all of... Continue Reading

Taxes and Year End Planning

I stopped in my neighborhood office supply store to ask about TurboTax for 2008 last evening and was told they hoped to have it on the shelves Friday 11/21. I will be there and looking for it :) I thought I would mention it here because we will still have... Continue Reading

Extra Income

I'm a single father of 3 always at a mall or eating out. I'm well educated, well spoken and honest. I'm looking for any opportunities at additional income, as we all need in today's economy.... Continue Reading

Social Security Number

Some of the companies want your social security number when you sign up. I'm very nervous about doing this. Can anyone advise of legit companies and companies to watch out for? Thanks.... Continue Reading

IRS Increase for mileage allowance

They raised the rate to .585 per mile from 7/1 to 12/31 for this year. Every little bit helps. Bob... Continue Reading

Taxes & IRS with Mystery Shopping

I just recently started Myster Shopping & I was wondering what of my earnings has to be reported to the IRS? Also, what can be deducted as business expenses? Do I have to have a business name to do this? Are there any government grants that will loan money to help... Continue Reading

Discussions of Mystery Shopping Taxes

There are fewer requirement/interactions/purchases and the report is shorter than before. Fewer requirements/expenses + shorter report = EASIER SHOP for MORE PAY! Shop pay includes reimbursement for skate participation, skate rental, 1 game of bowling, shoe rental, food, drink, a few arcade games, and a prize (Source). December 07, 2019

There are fewer requirement/interactions/purchases and the report is shorter than before. Fewer requirements/expenses + shorter report = EASIER SHOP for MORE PAY! Shop pay includes reimbursement for skate participation, skate rental, food, drink, a few arcade games, and a prize item. (Source). December 07, 2019

An EIN usually will require paperwork from the state about business license and then the city and/or county for a DBA (Doing Business As) documents. (Source). December 07, 2019

Ever time I ask for mileage you would think I was asking them to pull their own teeth. (Source). December 07, 2019

Today (already started), cleaning out downstairs closest, my what I found. (Source). December 06, 2019

You may purchase a package or deal that includes bowling or other attractions, etc., but no evaluation of the attractions is required and no reimbursement of expenses to participate in the attractions is provided. (Source). December 06, 2019

I love Maritz and they have really been the only company I can completely rely on for the steady income I have had doing Mystery Shopping full-time for at least the last 7-8 years. (Source). December 05, 2019

They also have fewer required expenses/interactions and a shorter report. (Source). December 05, 2019

Their new bottom line must look very different than it did before. So a good financial person will look to the line items for a place to cut expenses. (Source). December 05, 2019

Average profit after expenses is $40-$50 depending upon the number of guests and types of purchases made. (Source). December 04, 2019