Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Ordinary income

Listen to a Business English Dialogue about Ordinary income

Eric: Hi Savannah, do you know what ordinary income is?

Savannah: Hi Eric, yes, ordinary income refers to income earned from regular employment, business activities, or investments like interest, wages, salaries, and tips.

Eric: That’s correct. It’s the most common type of income for most people, reported on their tax return and taxed at the applicable tax rate.

Savannah: Right. Ordinary income is distinguished from other types of income like capital gains or qualified dividends, which may be taxed at different rates.

Eric: Exactly. Income from rental properties, royalties, and business income are also considered ordinary income.

Savannah: Yes, and it’s important to report all sources of ordinary income accurately to ensure compliance with tax laws.

Eric: Absolutely. Failure to report ordinary income can result in penalties and interest from the IRS.

Savannah: That’s true. It’s essential for individuals to keep accurate records of their income and expenses to properly report ordinary income.

Eric: Yes, and seeking advice from a tax professional can help ensure that all income is reported correctly and that taxpayers take advantage of any available deductions or credits.

Savannah: Agreed. Being informed about ordinary income and its tax implications can help individuals make better financial decisions and avoid potential issues with the IRS.