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Nanny Tax FAQ

  • I have heard that I may qualify for childcare related personal income tax breaks? Does this apply when I hire a nanny?

    When you hire a nanny you may qualify for a childcare related personal income tax breaks. There are two popular strategies that families with child care expenses use to minimize their personal income taxes and are in addition to the Child Tax Credit, which in 2018 rises to $2000 per child and is available to… Read more »

  • What may happen if I do not pay the nanny taxes?

    What happens if I don’t pay for my nanny taxes? Failure to report wages paid to a domestic service worker – including a nanny, senior caregiver, housekeeper and more – and failure to pay the nanny taxes compromises the validity of your personal income tax return. These taxes are included on your personal federal income… Read more »

  • Congress simplified the “nanny taxes.” What does that mean to me?

    Congress legislated significant revisions to the “Nanny Tax” in October 1994. The remittance of the FEDERAL nanny payroll taxes was incorporated in the employing families’ annual Form 1040 filings. Most payments to household workers under 18 years of age are now exempted. The wage payment that triggers an obligation to make “Nanny Tax” filings was… Read more »

  • Do the Nanny Tax rules ever change?

    Yes. The 1995 Federal legislation, the “simplification” of the nanny tax rules, began a cascade of changes that continues today. Nanny tax rules alone are not the only regulations the household employer must follow. Numerous changes to federal and state labor laws specifically impact household employers. Federal Employer Identification Number required for all household employers. Reporting may… Read more »

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