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Hotline Tip: Are Notary Fees Tax-Exempt?

According to the instructor of my Notary training course, the Notary fees I collect for notarizing jurats and acknowledgments are tax-exempt, but my tax preparer says he could find no such exemption. Who is correct?

When it comes to filing your taxes, Notaries must report Notary fees as ordinary income. What your instructor was likely referring to is the fact that Notary fees are not subject to Self-Employment Tax usually declared on IRS Form SE. You can find more information on this topic in Chapter 12 of the IRS Publication 17 (listed as “Notary Public” beneath the “Other Income” category.)

For more information on this topic, you might also want to check out the NNA’s recent Bulletin article, “Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Notary.”

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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