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QIs it illegal to pay your child for doing a regular job by cash-in-hand?

I know it sounds a bit weird but hear me out.

I'm doing ICT A level and we're on the topic of the Heath and Safety at Work Act 1974 and obviously there's something in there to do with making sure employee's have the appropriate insurance etc.



The insurance is to make sure they are covered, should an accident happen, then there's tax involved when paying employee's too. I was wondering (since in the eyes of the law it doesn't matter whether you're family or not) that if you had a son, and say you gave him some pocket money for doing some daily jobs, it would technically count as a job. Could you get fined for paying him cash-in-hand instead of doing it formally?



I know there's probably something to do with the number of hours, but let's say we ignore that. Could you?



(There's no real purpose behind the question, I'm just curious)

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