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Can I Count the Money My Parents Pay Me for Acting as My Mother’s Caregiver as a Gift?

  • September 30th, 2020
Q
I am an informal caregiver for my mom. Since my dad writes me a check from their joint account, can I count the first $30,000 ($15,000 per parent) received as a gift instead of W2 income? In addition, my mom will be reimbursed through long-term care insurance for the money I receive from my parents.
A

There is the strict reading of the law and what you can “get away with.” You are being paid for a service you are providing, which is the essence of employment. You must report earned income on your tax return. It is hard to argue it is a gift. This is also consistent with seeking reimbursement from the long-term care insurance company. That said, it’s doubtful that anyone is going to audit you or your parents and notice the discrepancy.

 

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