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Reap the Benefits of Hiring Your Child for the Summer

Reap the Benefits of Hiring Your Child for the Summer

Hiring your children to work in your business can be a win-win situation for everyone. Your kids will earn money, gain real life experience in the workplace, and learn what to do every day. In addition, you will reap a few tax benefits in the process. Before you decide if hiring your child is the right thing for your business, learn it if can work for you.

Generally, if your child is doing a legitimate job and the pay is reasonable for the work, his or her salary can be a tax-deductible business expense. Your child’s income can be tax-free to them up to the standard deduction amount for a single tax payer ($6,350 to 2017). Wages earned in excess of this amount are typically taxed at your child’s rate, which is likely lower than your rate.

The following guidelines will help you determine if the arrangement will work in your situation:

  • Make sure your child works a real job that he or she can reasonably handle, no matter how basic or simple. Consider tasks like office filing, packaging orders, or customer service.
  • Treat your child like any other employee. Expect regular hours and appropriate behavior. If you are lenient with your child, you risk upsetting regular employees.
  • To avoid questions from the IRS, make sure the pay is reasonable for the duties performed. It’s not a bad idea to prepare a written job description for your files. Include a W-2 at the year-end.
  • Record hours worked just as you would for any employee. Pay your child using the normal payroll system and procedures your other employees use.
  • Hiring your children works best if you are a sole proprietor. It has additional tax benefits not available if your business is organized as a C Corporation or S Corporation.

If you have any questions, give us a call. Together we can determine if hiring your child is the right course of action for your business and your family.

 

The Team at Peter Witts CPA PC

 

         

Building Customer Loyalty – A Few Basics

Building Customer Loyalty – A Few Basics

Building customer loyalty is a matter of focusing on the basics. Does your company need to refocus on any of them? Studies have shown that businesses often spend five to six times more to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one. Over the long term, those dollars add up. In fact, aContinue Reading

Start Smart: Five Items to Focus on When Starting a New Business.

Start Smart: Five Items to Focus on When Starting a New Business.

Are you starting a new business in the New Year? Put these items on your to-do list for your smart start. Business plan. Outline who will own the business and what the legal form will be, your qualifications to run the business, the competitive market you face, the products or services you will sell, andContinue Reading