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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

How to Avoid Getting Hit with Payroll Tax Penalties

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM

For small businesses and household employers, managing payroll can be one of the most arduous tasks. Adding to the burden earlier this year was adjusting income tax withholding based on the new tables issued by the IRS. (Those tables account for changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.) But it’s crucial not only to withhold the appropriate taxes — including both income tax and employment taxes — but also to remit them on time to the federal government.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny

What is a nanny and what does she do?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 2, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Wondering if a nanny is the best choice for your family? Hiring a nanny can be a great thing for your family and can help alleviate some of the responsibilities and stress you have as a working parent. A good nanny will have your children’s best interest in mind and taking good care of them will be their primary concern. Here is some important information on what a nanny does as well as tips on how you can foster a great nanny/parent relationship.

Nannies will take care of your children while you’re away. They will play with your kids, feed them, help them with toileting, and will comfort them when they need it. The bottom line: a nanny will step in to provide similar things that you would provide if you were there. Nannies may also do housework like wash dishes, do the laundry, straighten the children’s rooms or play areas, and more. A nanny’s specific duties will vary from family to family and the job description will need to be something that you discuss in detail with your nanny before you hire her.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Home Green Home: Save Tax by Saving Energy

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

“Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to reap all three benefits, you need to buy and install certain types of renewable energy equipment in the home.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny

Is Outsourcing Household Payroll Right for Me?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 25, 2018 3:50:00 PM

You live a busy life and sometimes, you feel overwhelmed with the demands and tasks that continually pile up. If you’ve hired a household employee such as a nanny or senior caregiver and you simply don’t have the time to manage the payroll and make sure that all the taxes are being withheld properly, it may be time to consider outsourcing. There are many benefits to outsourcing. Here are some of the main reasons to consider delegating payroll to the professionals.

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Topics: nanny, senior, agency, CPA

Choosing the Best Business Entity Structure Post-TCJA

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

For tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations. Under prior law, C corporations were taxed at rates as high as 35%. The TCJA also reduced individual income tax rates, which apply to sole proprietorships and pass-through entities, including partnerships, S corporations, and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). The top rate, however, dropped only slightly, from 39.6% to 37%.

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Topics: CPA, agency

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