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Excessive Salaries Paid to Your Children are not Tax Deductible

Salaries paid to your children from your business for work they performed are not deductible if excessive in amount. Salaries are deductible by a business for amounts that are reasonable for the personal services actually rendered to the business. When an amount deducted as wages involves a familial relationship, particularly a parent-child relationship, the I.R.S. may scrutinize the wages paid to determine if there is a bona fide employer-employee relationship and whether the payments were made for services actually performed for the business and reasonable in amount.

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