Adding family members to your small business payroll lightens your workload and decreases your tax liability. In most situations, your minor children are eligible employees, and the wages they earn are qualified business expenses that you may deduct from your income to lessen taxes. Your children must perform jobs that help your business generate profits, such as managing your freelancing firm’s social media accounts or passing out flyers to promote your contracting services.
A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you would pay someone outside of your family to perform the service. The salary must be reasonable for the services rendered, and it is important the children actually receive the wages and have control over how they spend their earnings. Remember to check local labour laws regarding minimum age requirements. Child labour laws do not always apply to family-owned businesses.