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Stop Your Trade Secrets from Walking Out the Door

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Trade secrets are among the most critical yet often overlooked assets of any organization. They aren’t always as sophisticated as proprietary software or as famously secret as Coca-Cola’s formula. A trade secret can be as seemingly innocuous as a customer list, business strategy, policy manual or pricing sheet.

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Topics: CPA, agency

Holiday Planning and Divorce

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 6, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Divorce can be difficult for everyone involved, but it can be especially hard for children to understand. Even after divorce papers are signed and everything is completed legally, you will still need to figure out how to co-parent and establish a relationship that supports your children through this new life transition. When the holidays come, it can be an especially emotional time for children because the traditions that they once had will likely change. Here are some helpful tips on co-parenting during the holidays.

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Topics: nanny, agency

How to Reduce the Tax Risk of Using Independent Contractors

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business or family from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It also frees the business from responsibility for withholding income taxes and the worker’s share of payroll taxes – household employers can legally omit withholding even for an employee.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

Tips for Raising Twins and Multiples

Posted by HWS Guest on Oct 30, 2018 3:50:00 PM

This post is authored by our special guest, Karen Holland.  Karen is a Newborn Care Specialist, Postpartum Doula, and New Parent Educator, a Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor, and holds her SNNEB from Scotland, where she was born and raised. With more than 30 years experience working with families and newborns, Karen provides exceptional, non-judgmental Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and New Parent Educator services to the Greater Washington, D.C., area through her firm, All Baby Concierge. You are invited to follow Karen on Facebook

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Topics: nanny

An FLP Can Save Tax in a Family Business Succession

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

One of the biggest concerns for family business owners is succession planning. Often, the best time tax-wise to start transferring ownership is long before the owner is ready to give up control of the business.

A family limited partnership (FLP) can help owners enjoy the tax benefits of gradually transferring ownership yet allow them to retain control of the business.

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Topics: CPA

Background Screening a Nanny v. Reference Checking

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 23, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Background screenings and reference checks are important parts of the hiring process. Which one do you need? As experts in the nanny field, we recommend that you do both. Here are the differences between the two and why it’s critical to get both done before you hire anyone to work inside your home.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

Do You Qualify for the Home Office Deduction?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employees can no longer claim the home office deduction. If, however, you run a business from your home or are otherwise self-employed and use part of your home for business purposes, the home office deduction may still be available to you.

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Topics: CPA, agency

Elections and Civics: The Role of the Nanny

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 16, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Nannies spend a lot of time with the kids each day. That often means there is a lot of dialogue and sometimes many hours of answering questions or explaining things. When it comes to major life changes or happenings around the world, kids are usually observing more, even though we may not think they’re paying that much attention. Things going around them can affect them, so it’s important to promote positive communication.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Behavioral Job Interviews Offer a Glimpse of What Could Be

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Once an employer identifies a prospect for an open position and sets up an interview, another great challenge arises: How do you effectively use the interview to determine whether this person is right for your organization? Household employers, this means you too!

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Topics: CPA, agency

Why Paying Your Household Employee Under The Table Is a Bad Idea

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 9, 2018 3:50:00 PM

You’ve done your research and interviewed lots of potential candidates for your household employee position. Whether it’s a nanny, an in-home senior caregiver, or someone else that will work regularly in your home with you, making the decision to hire the right person can feel like a lot of pressure. And more than likely, you have questions on what your responsibilities are for paying taxes on your household employee.

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Topics: nanny, senior, CPA, agency

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