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September 2006

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New Law and “Hire Your Child”

Do the recent changes in the law that make the kiddie tax apply to children under age 18 destroy the hire-your-child strategy? (M.T., Santa Fe, NM)


No! The kiddie tax does not apply to earned income; it applies only to unearned income. Thus, the hire-your-child strategy is not affected.


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