Tax Refund

Working from home has been a wonderful way to have more time with our daughters. The relative flexibility of my schedule allows me to earn money and avoid paying for daycare.

However, there are times when I do need some assistance and I have to hire a babysitter. The good news is that there are some sweet and hardworking teens in the area. Having someone watch over our toddler and our little girl makes it much easier to knock out the bigger, more intensive projects.

For our babysitters, it’s a little extra money on the side, and for us, it gives peace of mind that our kids are in good hands, a win-win. However, now that it’s tax time, the question stands – do our babysitters need to pay taxes on their income?

Do Babysitters Have To Report Their Income on Taxes?

According to the IRS, babysitters do need to report their income when filing their taxes if they earned $400 or more (net income) for their work. This income is basically from self-employment, so you don’t have to issue a 1099 if you pay a babysitter unless they earned $600 or more.

A babysitter is considered a household employee, and if you paid $2,600 or more in 2023 you would have to withhold employment taxes since they would qualify as an employee, unless they are under 18 then there are exceptions to this rule.

Do Our Babysitters Need to File Taxes?

Another question that comes up with earning money from side jobs, especially with teenagers (and their parents), is whether or not to file taxes on that income. There are some factors you need to consider which can help you find the right solution for your situation. The IRS has laid out thresholds for those required to file.

In general, if you’re a dependent of someone else, you generally need to file if you’ve earned more than $13,850  from your work or you’ve earned net income of $400 or more through self-employment, or your investment income is greater than $1,100.

If you’re not a dependent and earn $13,850 or more if you’re single and $27,700 or more married filing jointly, then you will need to file. While you may not be thrilled with filing taxes, there can be some benefits for you. You may be able to get a tax refund from what you had withheld from your day job paychecks as well as additional tax benefits.

Thoughts on A Side Income?

How many of you have hired babysitters this year? How many of you earn extra money through side jobs like babysitting? Don’t worry about knowing these tax rules. Meet with a TurboTax Expert who can prepare, sign and file your taxes, so you can be 100% confident your taxes are done right. Start TurboTax Live Full Service today, in English or Spanish, and get your taxes done and off your mind.

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