Paying My Children To Work In My Cleaning Business

by Bud

I have a small commercial cleaning business; sole proprietor; I have 4 daughters, ages from 9 to 17; They all help us at our various cleaning accounts, and we pay them as we would any others that clean for us.

How do I claim this as a business expense, and is there an exemption amount for them, before they would have to claim the $$, and file a personal return? We do not pay them as W2 employees, but my understanding is that we can still claim the $$ paid to them as an expense on our schedule C.

I want to make sure that I am not violating any tax or employment laws, with regard to the children getting paid to work for us.

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