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According to Publication 926 (2019), Household Employer's Tax Guide, "Cash wages include wages you pay by check, money order, etc."

Do cash wages also include wages I pay electronically, ie, without paper, eg, with PayPal, credit card, cryptocurrencies, etc?

  • How do you pay wages with a credit card? – D Stanley Feb 4 at 16:54
  • @DStanley, if your household employee accepts credit card, eg, via Square. – ma11hew28 Feb 4 at 17:39
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To my knowledge, yes, since those are just platforms to transfer funds.

Non-cash wages would include things like lodging (meaning you provide lodging, not pay for lodging someone else provides), food, clothing, etc. that have utility other than as a means of currency exchange.

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