I recently moved to Massachusetts and I regularly gamble both as a hobby and as a part-time source of income. In the process, I’ve definitely incurred some losses as well. In my previous state, I was able to deduct certain gambling losses from my taxable income. I’m not entirely clear on whether or not I can do the same here in Massachusetts.
Could someone potentially walk me through the state-specific laws and regulations regarding this matter? Are there specific criteria or limits for what counts as a deductible gambling loss? I don’t want to make an error on my tax return, or miss out on deductions that I qualify for, just because I wasn’t aware of the regulations.
I understand that the IRS allows taxpayers to claim gambling losses as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A, but does this same rule apply for state taxes in Massachusetts? Also, is proof of losses, like losing tickets or receipts, required to claim the deductions? I am very meticulous with my financial record-keeping, so that wouldn’t be a problem for me. Thanks for anyone who can provide clarity on this.