Placing Your Children on Your Payroll

IRS, Taxes

If you have a child under the age of 18 and you operate your business as a Schedule C sole proprietor or as a spousal partnership, you absolutely need to consider having that child on your payroll. Why is this beneficial?

1.) . Neither yourself nor your child pay payroll taxes on the child’s income.

2.) . With a traditional IRA, the child avoids all federal income taxes up to $18,200 in income.

If you are operating your business as a corporation, you can still benefit by employing the child even though you and the child have to pay payroll taxes.

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