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Nanny Employers

  • Household Employment: Schedule H vs. 941

    Household employers file and pay the exact same employment taxes as commercial employers do. The IRS established the Form 1040 Schedule H in 1995 to simplify and streamline the household payroll tax reporting. Often times, however, the household employer or their CPA are confused about the proper reporting and begin filing quarterly Forms 941 for… 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 »

  • Nanny Tax Compliance: Why a Nanny Wants to be Paid Legally

    In the “nanny world,” the temptation to accept a job that pays CASH (off the books, no payroll or income tax reporting) is faced by every nanny. After all, who LIKES to pay taxes? Professional nannies know, however, that being paid legally is ultimately in their own best interest. Unemployment Benefits: Nanny jobs are, by… 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 »

  • Nanny Reference Checking: How and Why

    The nanny candidate has just left your home. The meeting went very well. You felt a connection, an instant bonding. You think, “Hurrah! I found the perfect nanny for my family!” You are ready to make an offer — or are you? Whoa! Stop right here! Never make an offer to any nanny candidate without… Read more »

  • Nanny Share: Managing Childcare Costs in a Troubled Economy

      Child care is very expensive – ask any working parent. Child care is often the second largest monthly expense, after mortgage/rent payments, which a family with young children deals with.According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), full time infant care in a child care center in the District… Read more »

  • About Household Employee Workers Compensation Insurance

    Nanny workers compensation insurance protects the caregiver and the employer from the expenses and liabilities associated with a work-related accident. A single accident can leave the employer liable for thousands of dollars in medical bills. Don’t assume that this liability is covered under your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy! Most states require household employers to carry Workers’ Compensation… Read more »

  • Nanny Transportation Allowance

    Many families find that paying for their nanny’s or senior caregiver’s public transportation pass is a great tax free benefit. Because this is non-taxable, you can provide this nanny transportation allowance without having to pay FICA or unemployment taxes on the value! For 2016 and 2017, an employer may reimburse the nanny or senior caregiver… Read more »

  • What do I do with the Wage and Benefit Audit form I received?

    States use a Wage and Benefit audit for many purposes. The state may be checking on taxpayer subsidized benefits that the worker is receiving such as Medicaid for a dependent child, or on the veracity of information the employee has previously provided for purposes of child support enforcement, wage garnishment for tax delinquencies, etc. The state will… Read more »

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