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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

I paid our babysitter less than $2000 cash in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to submit a W-2? 

Do I have to pay any taxes on what I paid her? Again, it was less than $2000.

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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Yes. If you pay a "household employee", such as a baby sitter, less than $2000, you are exempt from the "nanny tax". You do not have to pay any tax or file schedule H.

The baby sitter is also exempt from FICA (social security and medicare) tax, but not income tax. 

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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Yes. If you pay a "household employee", such as a baby sitter, less than $2000, you are exempt from the "nanny tax". You do not have to pay any tax or file schedule H.

The baby sitter is also exempt from FICA (social security and medicare) tax, but not income tax. 

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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

No, you will not be required to issue your babysitter a W-2.

You must provide a Form W-2 if one of these is true:

  • You paid the employee at least $2,000 in 2017.
  • You paid the employee wages of any amount, and you withheld federal tax.

If you meet one of those rules, you must issue a W2 regardless of the age of the babysitter.

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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

With this situation, if we dont give a w2, can we still claim the<2000.00 as childcare expenses for our taxes?
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Yes. But, you will have to provide the childcare provider's SS# to claim the dependent care credit
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Thanks!
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

And make sure your babysitter knows you are claiming the childcare credit.  She has to report her income from babysitting.  The iRS matches up what you claim you paid and what she reports on her own tax return.
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Babysitter has to report it in any case.
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Level 15

I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Of course....but many people are unaware of that.  Don't want the babysitter to have a problem later.
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

It makes everything MUCH easier if you just give her an W-2.  It is easy to file.
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Except for the fact that the deadline for supplying a 2017 W-2 is long past.
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

Asking for 18, just found this conversation helpful and applicable.
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I paid my babysitter less than $2000 in 2017. Does that mean I do not have to give her a W-2?

You might want to review IRS pub 926 "Household Employer's Tax Guide"
<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p926.pdf">https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p926.pdf</a>
**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.**
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