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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 »

  • 2015 Household Employment Update from HWS

    Payroll changes often happen at the beginning of the calendar year, and nanny tax related changes are no different. The HomeWork Solutions household employment experts have assembled a short overview of changes a nanny employer, employer of a senior caregiver, or any household employer needs to know.

  • Are you a household employer?

    What Your Family Needs to Know... At HWS, we are experts on the tax and labor laws surrounding household employment so you don't have to be. Let's first determine whether YOU are a household employer. Our knowledge center goes into much more depth on the details, here it is short and simple. Our lives are busy, and we... Read more »
  • Senior Caregiver Hiring: Employee or Independent Contractor

    The IRS is increasing its focus on improperly classified domestic workers, including those hired as senior home care professionals. An adult over 18 years of age who works in your private home and to whom you pay more than $2000 in cash wages per year creates payroll tax obligations for the hiring family. Distinguishing between… Read more »

  • Hotline Set Up in New York to Help Nannies and Housekeepers File for Unpaid Overtime

    Efforts by workers’ rights groups to educate about New York’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights have resulted in a big uptick in unpaid overtime claims filed against household employers. Advocacy groups are actively canvassing New York City neighborhoods – in playgrounds and grocery stores and other places where nannies and other household employees are likely… Read more »

  • Nanny Independent Contractor? or Employee?

    A recurring question to our client support staff concerns whether a family can treat their nanny (or other household staff) as an independent contractor, provide the nanny a 1099 Form instead of a W-2, and avoid the entire issue of payroll taxes. If you answer YES to all of the following questions, the nanny or… Read more »

  • 4 Common Errors: The Nanny or Senior Caregiver Compensation Offer

    You have a new baby in the house, you are not sleeping well, and you need to line up a great nanny before you return to work. Or mom is declining and you have to hire a senior caregiver to stay with her while you are working because she just is not safe alone any… Read more »

  • G-5 Employee Workers’ Compensation Insurance

    Workers’ Compensation is insurance protection mandated under state law for a worker and his or her dependents against injury and death occurring in the course of employment. It is not health insurance, and it is not intended to compensate for a disability other than disability caused by injury arising out of employment. If your employee,… Read more »

  • Senior Care and Nanny Misclassification Enforcement Steps Up

    The US Department of Labor’s Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, David Weil, clearly stated on July 15, 2015 that most workers are considered employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as he issued new guidelines aimed at limiting the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.

  • Payroll Tax Enforcement Efforts Accelerate

    The trend towards stepped up enforcement is pervasive. The California hotline targets businesses and household employers and workers. (Last week I reported that a new hotline was set up in New York specifically to educate in-home workers about their rights, and to assist workers in filing complaints against employers.)

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