I babysat several children over a six month time frame . I worked for one family for approx . five months 25 hours per week .
Yes, you are expected to pay taxes on income earned by babysitting. See pages 2-3 of Publication 525, attached below. To report income from childcare, you would include the money you earned on a form called Schedule C and attach it to your normal Form 1040 tax return. I've attached a copy of Schedule C below for your convenience.
Robert Hoffman is a tax attorney licensed in California. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For competent advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
Mr. Hoffman has provided excellent advice. I would like to add that the Family should either provide you with a 1099 or a W-2.
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