Re: Can I Charge a Rent from My Child Who Receives Social Security Benefits
Charging a minor rent certainly fulfills the Rep Payee's charge to provide food and shelter, however, if you were to charge rent, you would need to declare income on your taxes as a landlord. I'm sure you see what a slippery slope this becomes. I suggest instead, you make a simple spreadsheet listing all household expenses such as utilities, food etc, allocate a proportionate share against the benefits, keeping the chart as documentation. Don't forget clothing and gasoline used for the child, or allocate mileage based on gov't standards. The balance you can give as a weekly allowance.
Teach a man to fish, you feed a village. Give a man a fish, the ever growing village demands free fish. We will now spend trillions on social services and SSI for people who don't know how to fish.