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Dear Tax Guy: I plan to make $6,000 selling stuff on eBay. Can I put it into an IRA instead of paying taxes?

Dear Tax Guy: I plan to make $6,000 selling stuff on eBay. Can I put it into an IRA instead of paying taxes?

Over the last 30 years I’ve accumulated a lot of “junk” from eBay (EBAY) Now, I’m also trying to clean out my house, and sell it at cost or a small profit. With eBay now sending out 1099s, I believe I have to pay taxes on the profits. Is it possible to use the income figure on the 1099, say $6,000, and contribute this amount to an IRA rather than claim the small profit and pay taxes?