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Household Employees

  • What payroll taxes does my nanny (housekeeper, maid) pay?

    What taxes do nannies pay? Your household employee (nanny, housekeeper, senior caregiver, etc.) contributes to or pays: Social Security & Medicare Taxes (via payroll deduction) Employee Disability/Unemployment Taxes where required. Federal/State Income Taxes The employer is solely responsible for the deduction and remittance of the Social Security and Medicare taxes - the nanny payroll taxes.... Read more »
  • Is health (medical) insurance for my nanny or senior caregiver taxable?

    Many employers understand that key benefits such as employer paid health insurance is an important employee recruitment and retention tool.   If you only have one household employee, you may reimburse health insurance premiums obtained in the individual marketplace on a tax free basis. If you employ 2 or more household employees, reimbursements for individual… Read more »

  • Why is my nanny an hourly employee? I want to pay her a salary and not worry about tracking hours each week.

    Nannies and other ‘domestic service employees’ are classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as non-exempt workers. The term non-exempt employee refers to a worker who IS subject to the terms of the FLSA regarding such issues as overtime compensation and minimum wage coverage, contemporaneous time tracking record keeping, as well as how frequently… Read more »

  • Do I need to pay my housekeeper or nanny overtime? What about nanny minimum wage?

    The simple answer is yes. Domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and senior caregivers, have been covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) since 1974. The FLSA establishes: The rules for workers who may be salaried and who must be paid overtime. The rules for workers who must be paid no less than minimum wage…. Read more »

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