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4 Common Fixes for a Nanny’s Rejected e-Filed Federal Tax Return

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Every year we are approached by clients and nannies alike questioning why a nanny’s e-filed income tax return was rejected. Find the most common issues, how to resolve them, below.

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Topics: nanny w-2 form

Update: Household Employers and the Affordable Care Act

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 23, 2015 4:42:00 PM

There is a lot of confusion and some contradictory guidance regarding whether nanny and other household employers can continue to provide reimbursement of the household employee's individual health insurance premium on a tax free basis and exclude the reimbursement from the nanny's W-2 form.

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Topics: senior caregiver unemployment insurance, nanny health insurance, employee health insurance

Why should I pay nanny taxes if my nanny is OK with being paid ‘off the books’?

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 20, 2015 8:02:00 AM

When a nanny who has earned her wages under the table is fired and files an unemployment claim, nanny taxes can become a big deal for the former employers (your family!). Read on about how—and why—paying your household employees on the books is the best choice for you and your family.

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Topics: nanny off the books

Nanny Recommended Best Toddler Picture Books

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 15, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Your toddler is a bundle of energy. Play is your toddler’s work. There are times, however, when just sitting down and having snuggle time is important, especially when winter weather limits activities or a cold or a flu has your child (or you) feeling down.

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Topics: nanny job satisfaction

Case Study: Paying Nanny Off the Books

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

HWS' Client Care Manager, Mary Crowe, shares the story of a client who paid the nanny cash under the table, and later found himself on the wrong side of his state's unemployment agency.

Mike and Joyce R. hired a nanny when their twins were infants. They agreed with the nanny at the time that they were going to pay her $500 a week off the books. The nanny worked out wonderfully and she stayed with Mike and Joyce for almost three years, and was let go when the twins started a full-time pre-school/daycare situation. The family’s needs had changed, and they found another very part-time nanny to cover the afterschool hours.

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Topics: nanny off the books, nanny unemployment insurance

Excluding Sleep Time from Paid Time for a 24-hour Senior Caregiver or Nanny Struck Down by CA Supreme Court

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 8, 2015 4:55:49 PM

HWS received the following update today from Legally Nanny, a foremost legal expert in household employment law in California and wanted to immediately update California household employers.

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Topics: california household employment

Nanny Recommended Board Books

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 8, 2015 3:42:00 PM

The holidays are over, special events and gatherings are behind you, and many nannies face many weeks of winter. Outdoor play can be reduced – or ruled out entirely – due to weather.

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California Nanny Employers Wage Notice Reminder

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 7, 2015 11:19:00 AM

California's Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) requires all employers to provide an annual notice to employees that includes details of their hourly and overtime pay rates. 

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Topics: california household employment

New York Repeals Annual Notice Provision of Wage Theft Prevention Act

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jan 5, 2015 1:58:00 PM

New York Governor Cuomo signed legislation December 30, 2014 that repeals the annual notice provisions of the NY Wage Theft Prevention Act (WPTA).

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Topics: new york household employment, New York household payroll

Case Study: 1099ing the Nanny

Posted by Mary Crowe, FPC on Dec 30, 2014 8:30:00 AM

HWS' Client Care Manager, Mary Crowe, shares the story of a client who issued her nanny a 1099 form, and later found herself on the wrong side of the IRS.

Our client, Linda M. came to us when her relationship with her nanny was in crisis over taxes. Linda lives in New Jersey and she hired her nanny in the fall and was paying her in cash every week. She has an accountant to handle her income taxes, and when she hired the nanny her accountant told her that everyone treats their nanny as an independent contractor.

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Topics: nanny w-2 form, 1099 v w-2

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