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  • Costs of Senior Home Care

    More families are considering the possibility of privately hiring senior home care for someone it their family as a way to help their loved ones age in place in a safe and happy environment. This is uncharted territory for most people, and adult children who may have hired nannies to care for their children years… Read more »

  • Duties of a Companion Senior Caregiver

    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 senior caregiver duties is used on the Federal level to distinguish companionship care – exempt from Federal minimum wage and overtime protections – from… Read more »

  • Guide to Privately Hiring Senior Home Care

    Families of aging seniors are confronted with many choices as they navigate options to help maintain a healthy and productive life for elderly family members.  Home safety, medication management and transportation are key concerns for every family facing the naturally changing capacities seniors face as they age.  In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office,… Read more »

  • Household Employment: Schedule H vs. 941

    Household employers file and pay the exact same employment taxes as commercial employers do. The IRS established the Form 1040 Schedule H in 1995 to simplify and streamline the household payroll tax reporting. Often times, however, the household employer or their CPA are confused about the proper reporting and begin filing quarterly Forms 941 for… 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 »

  • 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 $2000 in cash wages per year creates payroll tax obligations for the hiring family. Distinguishing between… Read more »

  • 7 Rules When Hiring Senior Home Care

    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 a job description for an in-home senior care professional. Household rules are also important to consider. Do… Read more »

  • Do You Owe the Nanny Tax?

    Personal finance expert Jane Bryant Quinn recently discussed the “nanny taxes” on the popular TV show The Street – stressing that these are not just for nannies! We have posted often about the obligations of families who hire cleaning ladies, maids, and senior caregivers to report and pay household employment taxes. The IRS recently announced an… Read more »

  • 4 Common Errors: The Nanny or Senior Caregiver Compensation Offer

    You have a new baby in the house, you are not sleeping well, and you need to line up a great nanny before you return to work. Or mom is declining and you have to hire a senior caregiver to stay with her while you are working because she just is not safe alone any… Read more »

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