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  • Prevailing Wage for A-3 and G-5 Domestic Workers

    NOTICE: Effective March 8, 2016 the 9 FAM 402.3-9(B)(4) notes have been updated to reflect a change in wage requirements for G-5 domestic workers, as well as A-3, B-1, and NATO-7 domestic workers. Effective immediately, all contracts for domestic workers must state an hourly wage to be paid to the domestic worker, and the rate must… Read more »

  • 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 $2200 (2020) in cash wages per year creates payroll tax obligations for the hiring family. Distinguishing… Read more »

  • U.S. Department of State Regulations: A-3 and G-5 Domestic Servant

    The U.S. Department of State allows aliens who are diplomats, staff of certain international organizations (often referred to as NGOs or Non-Governmental Organizations), and NATO staff to bring into the United States their servants, personal attendants and other domestics provided certain conditions are met. The US Department of State’s Foreign Aid Manual (9 FAM §41.21,… 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 »

  • I have a 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 housekeeper or other household employee more than $2200 cash wages (2020) in a calendar year*. These payroll taxes are collectively referred to as “nanny taxes”, although as a practical matter these employment taxes are applied to… Read more »

  • Is my nanny an “independent contractor.” Can I do that?

    Is my nanny an independent contractor? Can I give my nanny or senior caregiver a 1099  and let her file her own taxes? Most Workers are Employees! The US Department of Labor’s Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, David Weil, clearly stated on July 15, 2015 that most workers are considered employees under the… 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 »

  • U.S. Department of State Regulations: B-1 Domestic Servants

    The U.S. Department of State allows certain non-immigrant aliens and US citizens to bring into the United States their servants, personal attendants and other domestics provided certain conditions are met. The B-1 domestic worker visa allows currently employed (no less than 6 months) domestic employees to accompany their employers who are moving temporarily to the… 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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