Your kids are getting older. Before you know it they’ll be dating, driving and entering college (if they aren't already!). Tax breaks drop dramatically as your children grow up, but you may be able to offset the losses with some timely tax planning. Consider the following tax events based on the age of your child:
Tax move: Now that your child is a teenager, hire him or her to work at your business. Typically, the child will owe little or no income tax on the wages, and might even be able to claim an exemption from withholding.
Tax move: Claim a nonrefundable $500 credit for a dependent who isn’t a qualifying child for the CTC. This is typically available to parents of high school seniors and college students.
Tax move: As your child exits exposure to the kiddie tax, it may be time for a planning session. Long-held stocks with capital gains in a child's name can now be sold with little to no federal tax obligation.
As you watch your children grow up and begin gaining their independence, remember to plan ahead for changes to your tax situation. Please call if you have questions about these child tax breaks or to schedule a planning session to discuss what other tax breaks may be available to you.
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Mia Verc, CPA; Janice Papais, CPA
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