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Nanny Employers

  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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

    Nanny payroll taxes, what are they?  First it is important to understand the so called "nanny taxes" apply to ALL household employees, not just nannies. 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... 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 »

  • How are the nanny’s (employee’s) payroll taxes paid?

    Nanny payroll taxes – most household employers have BOTH Federal and State tax reporting and filing obligations. Household Employers Nanny Tax Checklist Federal Employment Taxes The Federal employment taxes include Social Security tax, Medicare tax, withheld Federal Income Tax (if applicable), and the Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA). The household employer is required to collect the… Read more »

  • How often do I need to pay or remit the “nanny taxes”?

    The federal and state filing schedules are NOT synchronized. Additionally, not all states have the same reporting schedule. Federal Employment Taxes: Employers of domestic workers must, at a minimum, make annual payments for Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax (if applicable), as well as Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA). This filing is incorporated with the… 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 »

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