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Jury duty: crime & taxes

jury duty, taxes, irs, judgeEach day as you retrieve your mail from the mail box, you sort through the pile of letters noting which items are important and which are not. There is one letter in particular that most people dread opening. That letter is the Jury Duty Summons.

As a resident of Arizona, more specifically Maricopa County, we are all obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless you are under the age of 18, do not possess sufficient knowledge of the English language and/or have been convicted of a felony and your civil rights have not been restored. The requirement of jury duty does come with some good news, however. Although it’s not much in monetary value, the State of Arizona will actually compensate you for mileage and $12 a day for each day that you serve as a juror.

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This brings up an important reminder for taxpayers. Juror pay is taxable as income to the recipient and needs to be reported on their individual tax return. Because of the minimal amount, taxpayers often forget to report it to their accountant. Although the dollar amount may be small, making sure to include it on your return can prevent future penalties and interest if your return is audited.

The phrase is often said that justice is swift, but as noted in this article – it’s not free. Remember to report what you earned for your part in the fight against crime.