Tax Tip: Couples Who Work Together, Tax Together

When a household starts a business, couples find themselves learning about the tax responsibilities related to that business. There are some things to consider when working together.

Here are a few items to consider:

  • You should first establish if you have a partnership business (where both spouses have an equal say in the affairs, services, and capital of the business) or an employee/employer relationship (one spouse substantially controls management decisions). These relationships face different tax situations.
  • If there is an employee/employer relationship, the second spouse (employee) may be subject to income, Social Security, and Medicare
  • You may need to file the U.S. Return of Partnership Income form if there is a partnership relationship.

*This information is not intended to substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov7

Footnotes and Sources

  1., February 22, 2023