What to do before taking that summer job

Before you start a summer job, take a vacation or send kids off to camp. The IRS says it may be worth your while to check and see if those activities may qualify for tax credits or deductions.

First, they suggest you find out your classification status. Summer employees may be considered employees or independent contractors, which determines whether they are responsible for paying their own income tax and other taxes.

Workers may not earn enough from summer jobs to owe any income tax, but employers usually withhold Social Security. If they are in good condition, some unused items found during spring or summer cleaning that are donated may qualify for a tax deduction. And unlike overnight camps, day camp expenses may count as an expense towards child care credits.

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