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Is it better, financially, to claim income from babysitting on taxes?

I babysit my nephew and am wondering if it would be more beneficial to my sister and I if I claimed the income from babysitting so as we can both use the tax deductions. What is the better way to go financially? I only watched him for 7 months last year and am going to watch both nephews (new baby) for about 7 months at a rate of $600/month. Will I get good tax deductions to make claiming the income worthwile?

5 years ago - 4 answers

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Yes and no.
Your sister will be able to claim the money she pays you as child care expenses and get the tax credit on her return.
Depending on how you file the income on your tax return will get you additional taxes to pay.
The bright side is that if you do it right.you can claim the income,pay the taxes and boost your social security earnings that will add to you retirement.
You may need to set up a babysitting business to do so.
Then you can claim "business"expenses.
Other wise,your sister can not claim the child care and just pay you "under the table".
You should consult a business/financial/tax adviser for professional advice.

5 years ago

Other Answers

$4200 (7 times $600) is a small enough amount that you would probably not owe income tax if you had no other income.

You might receive the earned income credit.

Your sister might qualify for a child care tax credit.

Depending on whether the babysitting was in her home or your home, your sister might owe household employment taxes or you might owe self-employment taxes.

by StephenWeinstein - 5 years ago

This isn't really optional, and i don't know why the people below are suggesting this or that 'might' happen.

The fact is, you are required by law to report all income. You're unlikely to pay taxes if that's all your income, but you don't get the option, you are supposed to report it and file a proper return.

by quizzard123 - 5 years ago

Quizzard is correct: you must report all income.

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by justa_goodwoman - 5 years ago