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  • Can I hire a nanny who has a F-1 (J-1) Student Visa. Are there special rules?

    SUMMARY: Since 1994, off campus work (including work in a private home as a nanny, SENIOR CAREGIVER, housekeeper, maid or other domestic work) is generally prohibited for J-1 or F-1 student visa holders. HomeWork Solutions’ clients may choose to hire a foreign nanny and have their employment eligibility verified using the DHS e-Verify program, also... Read more »
  • Do au pairs have to pay nanny taxes?

    The term ‘au pair’ refers to a foreign exchange student admitted to the United States under a student exchange program administered by the US Department of State. An au pair is admitted into the United States with a J-1 visa, and is generally not allowed to remain in the United States longer than 12-24 months…. Read more »

  • Is a nanny bonus reported as wages?

    I gave our nanny a $2000 holiday bonus. Do I have to report the nanny bonus as wages, and will there be a tax on bonus payments? A nanny bonus payment IS considered taxable wages. “Wages” are defined by the IRS as all remuneration paid, including the cash value of all remuneration paid in any… Read more »

  • How can I help my nanny build a retirement savings account?

    There are some practical ways an employer can help their nanny build a retirement savings account. The SEP-IRA Employers can set up a SEP-IRA to help build a retirement savings account for their nanny. The contributions are 100% funded by the employer. Sometimes employees will ask to ‘defer’ a raise and have the $50 or so… Read more »

  • How do we write a nanny letter of recommendation?

    Our wonderful nanny will be leaving in September when our son begins full time school. How do we help her with a letter of recommendation? The nanny’s letter of recommendation from her former employer is an important part of her “Nanny Portfolio,” a collection of materials including her resume, work history, educational certifications, and examples… Read more »

  • Nanny Holiday and Year End Bonuses

    Do I give my nanny a holiday bonus or a yearend bonus? Many employers seek guidance on bonus and incentive pay norms for nanny employment. There is no “one size fits all” solution; there are as many creative ways to approach this as there are nanny employers. A cash bonus is by far the most… Read more »

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