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  • How are the nanny’s (employee’s) payroll taxes paid?

    Nanny payroll taxes – most household employers have BOTH Federal and State tax reporting and filing obligations. But how do payroll taxes work? Household Employers: How to Pay Nanny Payroll Taxes Checklist Federal Employment Taxes The Federal employment taxes include Social Security tax, Medicare tax, withheld Federal Income Tax (if applicable), and the Federal Unemployment… Read more »

  • Nanny Tax Wage Test Steadily Increases

    HomeWork Solutions, Inc., November 2018 The nanny tax wage test, the minimum amount of wages paid that obligates the household employer for household employment taxes, is $2100 of wages paid to an employee in the years 2018 and 2019 (or $1000 paid total in a calendar quarter for FUTA tax). Nanny tax legislation enacted in 1994… Read more »

  • What is the nanny background check ordering and report delivery procedure?

    Wondering how to do the background check for nannies? Set up your nanny background check account by click on ORDER NOW and you will be redirected to HWS’ NannyVerify.com site. Download the Candidate Records Release Authorization form and have your applicant complete it for you. This is a legal requirement of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)…. Read more »

  • How often do I need to pay or remit the “nanny taxes”?

    Many wonder how to pay nanny taxes and how often to file. Understand that the federal and state filing schedules are NOT synchronized. Additionally, not all states have the same reporting schedule. Federal Employment Taxes: Employers of domestic workers must, at a minimum, make annual payments for Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax (if… Read more »

  • Nanny Reference Checking: How and Why

    The nanny candidate has just left your home. The meeting went very well. You felt a connection, an instant bonding. You think, “Hurrah! I found the perfect nanny for my family!” You are ready to make an offer — or are you? Whoa! Stop right here! Never make an offer to any candidate without checking… Read more »

  • Can’t I just order a nationwide nanny background check?

    A true, accurate nationwide nanny criminal background check cannot be done, as there is no publicly-accessible central repository for all federal, state and county level felony and misdemeanor convictions. There is one national criminal database created by the FBI, known as the NCIC (National Crime Information Center), but it is not a public record that… Read more »

  • Is it legal for a nanny to be employed by a family office?

    What is a family office? The first step to understanding the difference between being employed by a family and family office employment is to understand the purpose of a family office. A family office may be an advisory firm that focuses on private wealth management or a separate legal entity that has been created to manage often… Read more »

  • What about sex offender records?

    We strongly encourage families to order the national sex offender search. This option has been considerably improved in recent years as a result of federal legislation. The economical National Sexual Offender Registry (NSOR) search is recommended as part of any childcare or eldercare background screening to reduce the risk of hiring someone with a prior... Read more »
  • What is New Hire Reporting? I just hired a nanny.

    What is new hire reporting exactly? The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 requires that all employers file a new hire report on all newly hired workers and re-hired workers within a specified period, generally 2 weeks, or incur a financial penalty. Each state has designated an agency responsible for the collection of… Read more »

  • Caregiver or Nanny Pay Stubs: Are they required?

    Did you know that 39 states have now passed laws requiring employers to provide itemized pay stubs to their employees? Why all the attention to nanny pay stubs? There has been a slew of legislation at the state level in the last decade focused on “Wage Theft Prevention” – essentially employers either not paying for all hours... Read more »
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