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Should I Report Year in Family Business on College Applications?

Question: I took a year off before starting college and spent the bulk of it working with my parents at our business. The problem is that I was paid under the table so there is no proof of me actually working there. Should I report my time working at my parents' business to college admissions offices when applying?

Yes, of course, you should report your work for your parents since it seems to have taken up a big chunk of your gap year. Colleges are not going to be looking for proof of earnings. (The IRS wants documentation but, thankfully, admission offices don't. :) )

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