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bnnorton122
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How how do I enter babysitting income?

I have no w-2 or 1099 but earned 4500 babysitting
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Carl
Level 15

How how do I enter babysitting income?

Under the Wages & Income  tab select the "Explore On My Own" option (if presented)

Then scroll down to Business Items and elect to start/update Business Income & Expenses (SCH C)

Since you earned more than $400 at babysitting, you are considered to be self-employed as far as the IRS is concerned, for all income earned in that business. So be aware that you will pay BOTH the employee side and the employer side (Self-Employment Tax) of the taxes on that income, and ONLY on that income.

EDIT: 1/11/2015 -- This post has been here since 2013, and I note folks are still finding it useful for their 2014 tax return. So let me add some additional information to help avoid potential problems due to tax law changes for 2014.

If you had "any" income from babysitting in 2014 regardless of the amount, you need to report that income. If that babysitting income is more than $400, only then will you also pay the additional Self-Employment tax.

 

bprovins
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

yeah because the gov't is there to help us
kevincoffman
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

I believe the answer given above is wrong.  For 2014, IRS Publication 926 "Household Employers Tax Guide" finally clarifies the issue around teenage baby sitting as household employees and Social Security / Medicare wages.  The income should be reported as Miscellaneous Income.

IRS PUBLICATION 926

Wages not counted. Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as social security or Medicare wages, even if these wages are $1,900 or more during the year.

Your spouse.

Your child who is under the age of 21.

Your parent. Exception: Count these wages if both the following conditions apply.

Your parent cares for your child who is either of the following.

Under the age of 18, or

Has a physical or mental condition that re- quires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed.

Your marital status is one of the following.

You are divorced and have not remarried,

You are a widow or widower, or

You are living with a spouse whose physical or mental condition prevents him or her from car- ing for your child for at least 4 continuous weeks in the calendar quarter services were performed.

An employee who is under the age of 18 at any time during the year. Exception: Count these wages if providing household services is the employee's principal occupation. If the employee is a student, providing household services is not considered to be his or her principal occupation.
macuser_22
Level 15

How how do I enter babysitting income?

No.  Actually household employee income is reported on a W-2, but it is not that simple.   A babysitter can either be a W-2 household employee, or a self-employed (schedule C) person.  It depends on the circumstances.

Pub 17:
Babysitting.   If you are paid to babysit, even for relatives or neighborhood children, whether on a regular basis or only periodically, the rules for childcare providers apply to you.

Childcare providers.    If you provide childcare, either in the child's home or in your home or other place of business, the pay you receive must be included in your income. If you are not an employee, you are probably self-employed and must include payments for your services on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Net Profit From Business. You generally are not an employee unless you are subject to the will and control of the person who employs you as to what you are to do and how you are to do it.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
kevincoffman
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

Great point regarding Pub 17.  For Social Security / Medicare taxes, I think the distinction is made if the babysitter is under the age of 18 years and whether done in the employers home.  You do count as wages if it is employee's principle occupation.  The IRS exception is under the age of 18 your principle occupation is considered to be a student.

In our case, our 14 year old daughter earned babysittying money of $5200 split between two families -- $3000 from one and $2200 for the other.  Because under age 18, the employer families not required to submit W2.  Our daughter files earnings under Form 1040, Line 7, Miscellaneous Income.

Pub 926 was an attempt to better clarify the "nanny gate" issues that started several years ago.  If under age 18, the babysitter is not required to pay SS/Medicare tax but is still responsible for income taxes (if income high enough to trigger).  Also allows babysitter to open Roth IRA using earned income.
macuser_22
Level 15

How how do I enter babysitting income?

You are doing it right for under 18.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
sulzbacherellen8
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

No, it did not help because now Turbo Tax wants to charge me an extra  $99 just for a simple answer.

nikki-kopenski
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

I only earned $1440 in babysitting for part of the year in 2014 with no expenses and because of that, TurboTax wants me to pay $79 to use their upgraded version.  Sorry, TaxACT is much less expensive.

Saam1
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

$1325.00 for sitting, the feds want $374 in taxes and the state $78, which is 34%. Thieves.
suchendiewahrhei
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

You are considered a Household Employee.  Household employees under the age of 18 are not considered self-employed business owners for tax purposes and so they do not pay self-employment tax.  If that's the case, then you would merely include your household employee income on Line 7 of Form 1040 and note “HSH” and the related subtotal amount on the dotted line to the left of the line 7 total amount (Google "Teens and Taxes").

macuser_22
Level 15

How how do I enter babysitting income?

A household employee can put the income Line 7 of Form 1040 and note “HSH” *ONLY* if the income is less the $1,800 (read the 1040 line 7 rules) .  The posters income was $4,500.   If the poster was actually a household employee and earned more than $1,800 then a W-2 is required from the employer, otherwise the poster is probably self-employed and must file a schedule C and SE to pay the employment tax.

Whether the babysitter is an employee or self-employed depends on the terms of the employment agreement.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
dede108
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

What if I am employee because I babysit in my son's home for his child, but he does not withhold social security or medicare taxes on my $4500 of income?
Anewton2015
New Member

How how do I enter babysitting income?

How do I enter my babysitting after I already submitted my return 

CatinaT1
Expert Alumni

How how do I enter babysitting income?

If you filed, it is like dropping it into a mailbox - you cannot get it back.

You'll have wait until your return is either accepted or rejected.

  • If rejected, you can make any necessary changes.
  • If accepted, you'll need to amend your return
  • To avoid unnecessary delays, do not amend until your original return has been fully processed.  You will need to print and mail the amendment.  
  • Allow 8-12 weeks for processing.

See this TurboTax FAQ for help with amending.

You can check the status of your amended return here, but allow 3 weeks after filing for it to show up.

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