kiddie tax

Kiddie tax

Tax owed for the investment income of children if the amount is more than $1,400.
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Kiddie Tax

A tax on the earnings of a minor child under the age of 18 who earns more than a certain amount in a given year when he/she are not working a paid job. The earnings over and above this amount (which is determined annually) are taxed at the child's parent's or guardian's tax rate. The kiddie tax was created in 1986 to remove the incentive for people to avoid taxes by "giving" stock to their children in a way to make it exempt from taxes. The kiddie tax was introduced in 1986.
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kiddie tax

A federal income tax levied on the investment income of children under 14 years of age. Investment income above a specified amount is taxed at the parent's top, or marginal, tax rate. The kiddie tax is designed to make it less advantageous for parents to shift income to their children.
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* Scholarships and Pell Grant income are considered unearned income that may be subject to the kiddie tax.
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This section of the income tax concepts chapter will briefly explain the current status of the federal income tax rate structure and the workings of what is known as the "kiddie tax."
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For children under the age of 14, "kiddie tax" may be a problem.
The so-called "kiddie tax" has reduced, but not eliminated, the advantages of this strategy.
The income tax rules covering unearned income of young children, also called the "kiddie tax," require a child under the age of 14 to be taxed at the parents' highest marginal tax rate for any investment income (such as interest and dividends) over $ 1,000.
Income shifting, for example, will not work well for a child who is subject to the kiddie tax because such income is effectively taxed to the child at the parent's marginal rate.
The "kiddie tax" rules, under which dependent children's unearned income is taxed at the parents' higher tax rate, have long applied to unearned income in excess of an amount indexed to inflation ($1,050 for 2016).