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Our daughter helps us out by doing some cleaning around our

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Our daughter helps us out by doing some cleaning around our house. I return, I give a little cash weekly. Does this create any tax obligations?

Robin D. :

Hello and thank you for using Just Answer,
Household employees include housekeepers, maids, babysitters, gardeners, and others who work in or around your private residence as your employee. Repairmen, plumbers, contractors, and other business people who provide their services as independent contractors, are not your employees. Household workers are your employees if you can control not only the work they do but how they do it.

Robin D. :

Your situation with your daughter depends on what the exact arrangement is.

Robin D. :

If you pay a household employee cash wages of more than the amount specified by law in a tax year ($1,800 for 2012 and 2013), you generally must withhold social security and Medicare taxes from all cash wages you pay to that employee.

Robin D. :

If your daughter and you have an arrangement that she do this and the arrangement is that you will pay her a set amount then she is working for you and that income is taxable to her and you would be required to follow the rules on reporting and withholding.

Customer:

Since the payments are only $25 weekly, we're good?

Robin D. :

She would still need to report this as income , the amount is under the $ for your reporting yes.

Customer:

Thank you

Robin D. :

You are most welcome

Robin D. :

Your positive rating is always thanks enough.

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