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  • My Nanny 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. You can’t help but think to… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Why Aren’t Arizona State Taxes Withheld from My Paycheck?

    Arizona does not allow withholding to be deducted or retained from wages paid for domestic service in a private home. This does not mean that AZ income taxes are not due on these wages, it simply means the employer is unable to withhold and remit them for their household employees. If my employer cannot withhold my… Read more »

  • Why You Can’t Guarantee Your Nanny Net Pay

    If you’ve recently hired a nanny and agreed to compensation based on take-home pay (net pay), you may have noticed getting a consistent cost of payroll is more challenging than you anticipated. Here are some reasons you can’t guarantee your nanny the same net pay every time.   Income Fluctuation Your nanny is an hourly employee by law, which means… 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,... Read more »
  • I’m Working a Nanny Share Job, Does Having Two Bosses Change Anything with My Payroll and Taxes?

    Does having a nanny share job change 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…. Read more »

  • 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 $2,300 (2021) in cash wages per year creates payroll tax obligations for the hiring family. Distinguishing... Read more »
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