Hiring Family Can Cut Taxes

Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2012

As a boss, you may hire family members and pay reasonable salaries for the work they do in your business.

For example, you could hire your son or daughter to perform routine clerical or cleanup tasks. Your child’s salary would be a tax-deductible business expense, and your child’s income would be tax-free up to that year’s standard deduction amount for a single taxpayer ($5,950 for 2012). Wages in excess of that amount would be taxed at your child’s rates, which are probably lower than yours.

You can compound the benefits of this strategy by having your child contribute to an IRA, which is likely to enjoy many years of tax-deferred growth.

Wages paid to a spouse by a sole proprietor are subject to payroll taxes; those paid to your children who are under the age of 18 are not. Compensation paid has to be reasonable for the services performed.

Posted in Tax And Accounting Topics For Business

Disclaimer: The information contained in Dulin, Ward & DeWald’s blog is provided for general educational purposes only and should not be construed as financial or legal advice on any subject matter. Before taking any action based on this information, we strongly encourage you to consult competent legal, accounting or other professional advice about your specific situation. Questions on blog posts may be submitted to your DWD representative.

"DWD has provided annual audits and tax filings for Bowmar LLC since 2010.  Their accounting and tax knowledge has been valuable.  We have appreciated their willingness to dive deeply into…"

Bix Benson, Chairman

Bowmar, LLC