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  • Understanding Senior Heath: When is Help Needed?

    Senior health  challenges afflict not only the aging, but an increasing number of adult children now caring for their parents. When is outside help needed to help your aging parent age in place? Monitoring an aging parent’s health Each year, projections for the average life expectancy of Americans trend up. There are differences by gender,… Read more »

  • My wife requires help that I cannot physically provide. Can I hire my daughter as a caregiver?

    Families often engage a family member to provide elder care services and wish to fairly compensate them for their work. For more information on the rules governing hiring a family member as a caregiver, consult Publication 926 (linked below) on pages 4-5, which outlines the limited family member exemptions from the employment taxes. These include… Read more »

  • Senior Independence – Why Hire a Geriatric Care Manager?

    The Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a care coordinator, educated and experienced in any of several fields related to senior care management, including, but not limited to nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. The GCM will help the family plan and coordinate care… Read more »

  • My nanny wants to take home $600 a week. What does that mean?

    Many household employees, including nannies, expect to negotiate a “net wage” or “take home pay” agreement with their employer. This is a foreign concept for many nanny employers, and often the new employer does not fully understand the financial implications of a net pay agreement with the nanny or housekeeper. HomeWork Solutions always advises hiring… Read more »

  • New Hire Reporting Information

    Federal legislation has mandated that all states implement New Hire Registration Programs to track individual employment data for purposes of expedited child support enforcement and fraud control of various welfare programs. Home/Work Solutions will do the necessary New Hire Reporting for all NaniTax and NaniPay clients. Abbreviations used and their meanings: DoH = Date of… Read more »

  • How do we handle nanny share payroll taxes with another family?

    When you share a nanny with another family, both families become employers. Presuming that you each pay the nanny for the work performed for your individual family, each employer is responsible for withholding payroll taxes and the periodic remittances of payroll taxes. Nanny share payroll taxes can be confusing, especially if you are withholding the… Read more »

  • My nanny or caregiver is not a legal resident. What should I do about employment taxes?

    The Internal Revenue Code maintains that the immigration status of your nanny or other employee has no bearing on your obligation for employment taxes. Immigration enforcement in the Obama Administration is focused on penalizing the EMPLOYERS – particularly prosecution for employment tax fraud. Employing an undocumented worker is a violation of immigration law. Failure to… Read more »

  • Do I have to pay payroll taxes for the cleaning lady that comes weekly?

    Is a regular cleaning lady subject to the nanny taxes? Is the cleaning lady a household employee? Any individual whom you employ to provide services in your home whom you pay directly AND whose total payments in the calendar year meets the IRS household employment threshold ($2000 in 20165) must receive a W-2 from the… Read more »

  • What are my tax responsibilities with a temporary nanny? She only worked for us for six weeks while my wife was on bed rest.

    Many families hire temporary household workers and have many questions about their financial and legal responsibilities. Examples include the temporary nanny who is working while the mother is on bed rest, the respite senior caregiver staying with an aged family member while you are away for work or vacation, or the summer nanny who only… Read more »

  • Can I hire a nanny who has a F-1 (J-1) Student Visa. Are there special rules?

    SUMMARY:Since 1994, off campus work (including work in a private home as a nanny, SENIOR CAREGIVER, housekeeper, maid or other domestic work) is generally prohibited for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. There are VERY limited exceptions to this prohibition. HomeWork Solutions' clients may choose to have their newly hired foreign student/nanny's employment eligibility verified using... Read more »
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