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  • Accountants’ Value Transcends Billable Hours

    We talk to accountants all the time about the black hole of the “nanny tax” process. Clients call up in a panic: “Put my nanny/eldercare/housekeeper on the books!” The task is deep in paperwork and short on creativity. And accountants have told us that they can never get paid enough to take this work on… Read more »

  • Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Your Annual Payroll Tax Filings

    HomeWork Solutions, Inc., December 2013 PLEASE NOTE: All Form 1040 and Schedule H line numbers refer to the forms for the tax year 2013. How do I distribute the many copies of Form W-2?First, employee copies must be distributed no later than January 31, 2014. These copies have been separated and inserted into mailing envelopes... Read more »
  • Costs of Senior Home Care

    More families are considering the possibility of privately hiring senior home care for someone it their family as a way to help their loved ones age in place in a safe and happy environment. This is uncharted territory for most people, and adult children who may have hired nannies to care for their children years… Read more »

  • Duties of a Companion Senior Caregiver

    Employment law, wage and hour law, and payroll tax requirements for privately employed senior caregivers are governed by a complex assortment of Federal and state rules and legislation. The scope of senior caregiver duties is used on the Federal level to distinguish companionship care – exempt from Federal minimum wage and overtime protections – from… Read more »

  • Guide to Privately Hiring Senior Home Care

    Families of aging seniors are confronted with many choices as they navigate options to help maintain a healthy and productive life for elderly family members.  Home safety, medication management and transportation are key concerns for every family facing the naturally changing capacities seniors face as they age.  In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office,… Read more »

  • Household Employment Rules by State

    Nanny tax household employment law, wage and hour law, and payroll tax requirements are governed by a complex assortment of Federal and state rules and legislation. HomeWork Solutions has assembled easy to understand, state specific tip sheets to save you hours of online research! Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida… Read more »

  • How Does the IRS Calculate Penalties and Interest?

    Late payment of employment taxes will trigger penalties and interest charges to the taxpayer. These notices, particularly from the IRS, are next to impossible to decipher. Here is a quick primer on how the IRS calculates penalties and interest. Statue of Limitations There is NO statue of limitations on the failure to file and report… Read more »

  • Nanny Mileage Reimbursement Rates & Fringe Benefits

    Nanny Mileage Reimbursement Rate Most families refer to the IRS guidelines to calculate the nanny mileage reimbursement rate for the business use of her personal vehicle. This will include such things as transporting your child(ren) to/from school or activities, errands, shopping, etc. It does not include the nanny’s commuting mileage to/from her home to her place… Read more »

  • Nanny Question: What do I do – I didn’t get a W-2?

    Every spring we receive inquiries from nannies who didn’t get a W-2 from their employer. This is almost always when the nanny is no longer employed by the family. The following are some tips and steps to take. Form W-2 is due January 31. The IRS specifically asks that you allow the employer until February… Read more »

  • State Overtime Rules Senior Care Companions

    Today’s retired seniors by an overwhelming 9:1 ratio fully expect to “age in place,” staying in their private homes as long as they can and resisting moves to institutionalized settings. Increasingly these seniors private hire senior caregivers who help with mobility challenges, transportation and general household activities as a way to stay in their homes…. Read more »

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