All You Need To Know About Young Living Spousal Accounts
Building a business alongside your spouse can be one of the most rewarding and empowering things you can do for your marriage. There’s something incredibly special about building a future together alongside the person you love the most. However, there are circumstances that it may make more sense to have separate accounts that Young Living calls Spousal Accounts.
A Spousal Account is when two spouses have two separate accounts within the same Young Living organization. The spousal account must be on the first or second level of the main account and will be periodically audited to ensure that the account is within good standing according to Young Living's policies and procedures.
This article is intended to help educate you on the ins and outs of starting a spousal account as there is a lot to consider. Please read through everything thoroughly and if you have any specific questions then your best bet would be to email Young Living at accountupdates@youngliving.com.

What happens if I created a spouse account before August 1 but did not realize that this was out of alignment with policy?

An active spouse account that existed prior to August 1 will be grandfathered into their respective sales organizations and allowed to keep their accounts. The accounts must be in alignment with the current policy created as the first or second level to the other (original) spouse’s account. If you have questions about whether your account is placed properly, please email duplicates@youngliving.com.

What if I previously created a spouse account, but it has since been dropped for inactivity?

If a previous spouse account has been dropped for inactivity, you may create a new account in alignment with the current policy, which requires the newly created spouse account to be sponsored as the first or second level to the other spouse’s account.

What if I previously had a spouse account, but it was terminated as a duplicate? Can I reactivate that original account if it’s in the first or second level of the other spouse’s account?

An account previously terminated for being out of alignment with the current policy at that time cannot be reactivated; a new account must be created.

What if I voluntarily terminated my spouse's account? Do I have to wait six months before I create a new one?

No. If you terminated your spouse account voluntarily, you can create a new spouse account in alignment with the current policy, which places the newly created account as the first or second level to the other spouse’s account.

If my spouse account is created in alignment with the new policy, can I begin building under my spouse?

Yes. If your spouse's account is active and in good standing, this leg should be treated as any other leg.

I’m trying to create a new account, but it won’t let me because my tax identification number (i.e., Social Security number, NRIC, SIN, EIN) is on the original spouse account.

Each individual account must have its own unique tax identification information. For example, the EIN on the original spouse account cannot be duplicated on the newly created account. A separate EIN or individual tax information needs to be entered with the newly created spouse account. If you have additional questions, please contact duplicates@youngliving.com, and we will assist you in setting up your new account as needed.

My spouse and I share a bank account, can we use the same credit card on our accounts?

No. Spouse accounts must be managed separately. Each account must have its own form of payment with an individual email address and contact phone number. Credit cards used on the account must be issued in the member’s name with a separate and distinct credit card number for each member account. It is permissible for the credit cards to access the same bank account

My spouse and I share a bank account, do we need to have separate bank accounts for running our sales organizations or to receive commissions?

No. Commissions, whether by direct deposit or check, can be deposited into a joint checking account. Checks will be issued to the member name on the account. Credit cards used on the account must be issued in the member’s name with a separate and distinct credit card number for each member account. It is permissible for credit cards to access the same bank account.

My spouse and I currently share a Young Living account. Do I need to have my spouse removed from the account so they can create a new spouse account?

No. Young Living, in its sole discretion, has chosen to offer an exception for those members who currently share an active joint account in good standing with their spouse. A second spouse account can be created as a personal or business member account. Each spouse as a couple is limited to having a beneficial interest in only two accounts between them meaning if the spouse couple already has a shared account, only one additional account can be created in which either or both of them have an interest. The second account must be created as the first or second level to the existing spouse account, or the account will be terminated. The second account, although it may be jointly owned by spouses, must use another distinct entity or spouse name. For further questions related to creating a second spouse account, please contact Duplicates@YoungLiving.com.

Note: This is an exception to a policy that allows for a beneficial interest in only one account. Members with spouse accounts may have a beneficial interest in two accounts if they are spouse accounts created within two levels of each other pursuant to the policy.

Please refer to policy 3.4, which states in part, “A member may operate or have an interest, legal or equitable, in only one member account, unless expressly permitted in this section.” If Young Living finds that a member has an unpermitted interest in multiple accounts, it will terminate the duplicate account(s), leaving only the member account created first. You are specifically prohibited from creating duplicate accounts in an attempt to change lines of sponsorship, manipulate the Compensation Plan, or circumvent the agreement in any way. If you have had your spouse removed from your account within the last 30 days, please contact accountupdates@youngliving.com.

My spouse and I currently have a joint business account. Do I need to have my spouse removed from the account so they can create a new spouse account?

No. Young Living, in its sole discretion, has chosen to offer an exception for those members who currently share an active joint account in good standing with their spouse. A second spouse account can be created as a personal or business member account. Each spouse as a couple is limited to having a beneficial interest in only two accounts between them meaning if the spouse couple already has a shared account, only one additional account can be created in which either or both of them have an interest. The second account must be created as the first or second level to the existing spouse account, or the account will be terminated. The second account, although it may be jointly owned by spouses, must use another distinct entity or spouse name. For further questions related to creating a second spouse account, please contact Duplicates@YoungLiving.com.

Note: This is an exception to a policy that allows for a beneficial interest in only one account. Members with spouse accounts may have a beneficial interest in two accounts if they are entity accounts created within two levels of each other pursuant to the policy. Please refer to policy 3.7, which states in part, “The entity must demonstrate that no part or participant within the entity has participated in another sales organization, because no individual may participate in more than one sales organization in any form.” If Young Living finds that a member has an unpermitted interest in multiple accounts, it will terminate the duplicate account(s), leaving only the member account created first. You are specifically prohibited from creating duplicate accounts in an attempt to change lines of sponsorship, manipulate the Compensation Plan, or circumvent the agreement in any way. If you have had your spouse removed from your business account within the last 30 days, please contact accountupdates@youngliving.com.

Are international accounts required to follow the same policies?

All markets, including NFR, are required to follow the same policies regarding spouse accounts. Indonesia is the only market that cannot create spouse accounts at this time

Separation of a Young Living Member Business

You may, with others, operate a single sales organization as a husband-wife partnership, regular partnership, corporation, or trust (the latter three entities are collectively referred to herein as “entities”). If your marriage ends in divorce or your entity dissolves, arrangements must immediately be made to assure that any separation or division of the business is accomplished so as not to adversely affect the interests and income of other business upline or downline of sponsorship. If divorcing spouses or a dissolving business entity fails to provide for the best interests of other members and Young Living, such actions will constitute a breach of the Agreement; and Young Living may terminate the Agreement pursuant to these Policies and Procedures.

During the proceedings of a divorce or entity dissolution, the divorcing spouses or a dissolving business entity must adopt one of the following methods of operation:

One of the parties may, with the consent of the other(s), operate the business pursuant to a notarized assignment in writing whereby the relinquishing party(ies) authorize(s) Young Living to deal directly and solely with the other party(ies). A notarized request from the person being removed is required. A new Member Agreement is required from the person remaining on the account.
  • The parties may continue to operate the sales organization jointly on a “business-as-usual” basis, whereupon all compensation paid by Young Living will be paid in the joint names of the members or in the name of the entity to be divided, as the parties may independently agree among themselves
  • The parties may operate the business pursuant to a court order involving parties.
  • If one of these requirements is not met, Young Living will maintain the status quo as to how commissions are paid. Young Living will not divide your sales organization with a divorcing spouse or with affiliate parties of a dissolving business
Similarly, Young Living will not split your commission or bonus checks between you and a divorcing spouse or affiliate parties of a dissolving entity. Young Living will recognize only one sales organization and will issue only one commission check per sales organization per commission cycle. Commission checks will always be issued to the same individual or entity, unless all parties to a sales organization agree that commissions will be due and paid to another party or by order of a court having jurisdiction over Young Living. If you have completely relinquished all of your rights as a former spouse or a former affiliate party to a sales organization, you are free to enroll as a new member under any sponsor of your choosing. However, in such case, you will have no rights to any members or customers from your former sales organization. In that instance, you must develop the new business in the same manner as would any other new member.

Cross-Line Recruiting

Actual or attempted cross-line recruiting or sponsoring is strictly prohibited. “Cross-line recruiting” is defined as the enrollment, indirect or otherwise, of an individual or entity that already has a current membership with Young Living, or who has had an Agreement within the preceding six (6) calendar months, within a different line of sponsorship. The use of a spouse’s or relative’s name, trade names, DBAs (Doing Business As), assumed names, corporations, trusts, or fictitious identification numbers to circumvent this policy is strictly prohibited.
You may not demean, discredit, or defame another Young Living member, especially in an attempt to entice another member to become part of your marketing organization. Young Living reserves the right to terminate your sales organization for failure to comply with this policy.

What is the 70% rule?

To ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, members will not themselves make and will not encourage their downline or any other member to make unnecessary product purchases that could result in a large, stagnant inventory. This is called “front-end loading” or “inventory loading” and refers to the purchase of products that are stored, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of without being consumed. Members must consume their products or sell their products to people who will consume them. Members are expressly prohibited from collecting or otherwise storing excess inventory, as described by this section. If any member is found to be buying to meet qualifications within the Compensation Plan, Young Living may terminate its Agreement with the breaching member. To ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, to be eligible for commissions you must not stock excessive inventory and you must sell to end consumers at least 70% of the inventory that you purchased for resale (and not personal use) before you purchase additional products. By ordering products, you certify that you have sold or used at least 70% of all prior orders.
The latter-created account if it is found, in Young Living’s sole discretion, that the account is used to manipulate the Compensation Plan or the spouses are not complying with the 70% rule as outlined in will be terminated.

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