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  • Our former nanny applied for unemployment benefits? Will she get them?

    The working arrangement between a nanny and the family is considered employment at-will under US common law unless the written work agreement specifies a term of contract (which is a horrible idea). In broad terms, at-will employment means that employment is presumed to be voluntary and indefinite for both employees and employers. A nanny under... Read more »
  • What payroll taxes does a nanny (housekeeper, maid) pay?

    Nanny payroll taxes, what are they?  First it is important to understand that the so called “nanny taxes” apply to ALL household employees, not just nannies. The proper collection and remittance of payroll taxes protects the employer and the employee from the possibility of penalties and interest associated with unpaid back taxes. The employer is... Read more »
  • What is a wage garnishment order?

    Most of our nanny and senior care employers are unfamiliar with wage garnishment orders and the implications and responsibilities they have in relation to the order. A wage garnishment order is a court order which requires that some portion of an employee’s earnings be withheld by the employer for the payment of a debt. Most… Read more »

  • What do I do with the Wage and Benefit Audit form I received?

    States use a Wage and Benefit audit for many purposes. The state may be checking on taxpayer subsidized benefits that the worker is receiving such as Medicaid for a dependent child, or on the veracity of information the employee has previously provided for purposes of child support enforcement, wage garnishment for tax delinquencies, etc. The state will… 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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