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  • Nanny Question: What do I do – I didn’t get a W-2?

    Every spring we receive inquiries from nannies who didn't get a W-2 from their employer. This is almost always when the nanny is no longer employed by the family. The following are some tips and steps to take. Form W-2 is due January 31. The IRS specifically asks that you allow the employer until February... Read more »
  • State Overtime Rules Senior Care Companions

    Today's retired seniors by an overwhelming 9:1 ratio fully expect to "age in place," staying in their private homes as long as they can and resisting moves to institutionalized settings. Increasingly these seniors private hire senior caregivers who help with mobility challenges, transportation and general household activities as a way to stay in their homes.... Read more »
  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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 $2100 (2018) in cash wages per year creates payroll tax obligations for the hiring family. Distinguishing… 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 »
  • 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, however, understand nanny tax compliance and know that being paid legally is ultimately in their own best interest. Continue… Read more »

  • This is complicated – what are the risks if I ignore the Nanny Taxes?

    Household employment taxes are complicated! Learn more about what the risk factors are for ignoring nanny taxes below. Risks When You Ignore the Nanny Taxes We know that lots of families skip the the nanny tax. If you are thinking of going in that direction, please be sure you consider the following: Tax Fraud (a… Read more »

  • 7 Rules When Hiring Senior Home Care

    When hiring senior home care you must approach this methodically and not skip important steps. 1. Job Description and Household Rules Your first step is to do a needs assessment. The more specifically you can identify your senior’s needs – physical, medical and emotional – the better equipped you will be to define senior home… Read more »

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