How do I hire my minor child?

If you pay your child to work for your business, make it legitimate by following these steps:

  1. Agree on a rate of pay. This should be a fair rate, what you would pay someone else in an “arm’s-length transaction”.
  2. Write up a written contract detailing the job responsibilities and both sign.
  3. Write him a paycheck monthly for simplicity.
  4. She should file an income tax return to document her “earned income”.

A business expenses must be “ordinary and necessary” to be a valid tax deduction. Use that definition as your yardstick when assigning responsibilities and setting pay rates.

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