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  • My Job Ended, Now What?

    Your relationship with your nanny family is strained and when they come home on Friday they tell you they no longer need your services. Things are going well, but your nanny family gives you two weeks’ notice that they have decided to put their 4 yr old into preschool. Whether it is on good terms… Read more »

  • 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 »
  • I’m Working a Nanny Share Job, Does Having Two Bosses Change Anything with My Payroll and Taxes?

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

  • I have a domestic (nanny, elder care giver, housekeeper) working in my home. What taxes do I need to pay?

    In general, the Internal Revenue Service requires payroll tax filings by a domestic employer (household employer) who pays a household employee more than $2100 cash wages (2019) in a calendar year*. These nanny payroll taxes are collectively referred to as “nanny taxes”, although as a practical matter these employment taxes are applied to all US… Read more »

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

    Household employment taxes are complicated! Learn more about the risks of skipping the nanny taxes. 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 felony): Household employment… 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. But how do payroll taxes work? Household Employers: How to Pay Nanny Payroll Taxes Checklist Federal Employment Taxes The Federal employment taxes include Social Security tax, Medicare tax, withheld Federal Income Tax (if applicable), and the Federal Unemployment… Read more »

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

    Many wonder how to pay nanny taxes and how often to file. Understand that 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… Read more »

  • What is New Hire Reporting? I just hired a nanny.

    What is new hire reporting exactly? The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 requires that all employers to file a new hire report on all newly hired workers and re-hired workers within a specified period, generally 2 weeks, or incur a financial penalty. Each state has designated an agency responsible for the collection… Read more »

  • Senior Companions Minimum Wage Rules by State

    Employment law, wage and hour law, and payroll tax requirements for privately employed senior caregivers are governed by a complex assortment of Federal and state rules and legislation. The scope of duties is used on the Federal level to distinguish companionship care – exempt from Federal minimum wage and overtime protections – from other domestic… Read more »

  • I Want to Net a Take Home Pay of $600 a Week. A Family Just Offered Me a Job, but Listed a “Gross” Pay Rate, What Does That Mean?

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

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