does baby sitting qualify you as a household employee?

  • im a sitter in my own home for a relative for $500 a month. made about $3000 last year 2012. i need help on turbo tax to fill this out.
  • moani - Then you are self-employed.  You enter it under Business Income and Expensed (Sched C).
  • what if my boyfriend claimed me as a dependent already? I still claim as selfemployed that made less then $3000 right?
  • You must report self-employed income more than $400 on your own return as it is subject to self employment tax.

    Be sure to mark the box that you can be claimed by another taxpayer.

    As long as your total gross income is less than $3,800 your BF can still claim you as long as you lived with him the entire year of 2012 and he paid more than 1/2 of your total support.
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It might if the sitting took place in the baby's home

From Pub 926
You have a household employee if you hired someone to do household work and that worker is your employee. The worker is your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but how it is done. If the worker is your employee, it does not matter whether the work is full time or part time or that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. It also does not matter whether you pay the worker on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, or by the job.          

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p926/index.html
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