Nanny Tax Reporting: How a CPA Can Help

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If you are a CPA at this time of year, you are hoping and praying that your clients with nannies have their documents in order. Your fingers are crossed that your clients have tracked their nanny’s hours worked, paychecks paid, and all with their Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld. You really hope they have already done their quarterly unemployment tax filings and issued their nanny's W-2. Unfortunately, the odds are not in your favor. Most nanny employers either are not fully aware of the responsibilities of household employment or lack the time to handle these obligations, which leads to hours and hours of extra work on the part of you, their CPA.

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Topics: household employee taxes

6 Things About Household Payroll Tax Every Caregiver Should Know

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 30, 2014 6:07:00 PM

Nannies and senior caregivers who work in a private home, receive instructions and directions from the family employer and are paid by the family (either directly or via a household payroll company) are employees in the eyes of the IRS and US Department of Labor. As employees, many aspects of compensation and payroll are governed by payroll and labor law, no different than employees in a department store, factory or othr workplaces. Tax and labor law that covers household employees are often unique, and all too often neither the family nor the caregiver know the important details. Household payroll literacy on the part of a nanny or senior caregiver is important as they negotiate pay and benefits with their employers, many of whom don't understand these key points themselves.

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Topics: household employee taxes, household payroll literacy, nanny employment practices, domestic employer legal responsibilities

5 Ways a CPA Can Help Clients with Household Employees

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 19, 2014 5:46:00 PM

The CPA or accounting professional is often the first resource a family consults when hiring a nanny or senior caregiver. Families have questions about their tax responsibilities and the myriad rules and responsibilities that surround their new role as a household employer. You of course are knowledgeable about household employment taxes (the so-called “nanny taxes”) and have probably assisted many families to report and pay these taxes as part of your personal income tax practice.   While you and the family can of course refer to IRS Publication 926 for specifics about Federal household employment tax reporting, your experience tells you this is not the end of the story.

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Household Payroll, Hypothetically

Posted by Mary Crowe, FPC on May 13, 2014 8:12:00 AM

Last Friday, HWS' Client Care Manager Mary Crowe took a phone call that went along these lines:

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Topics: household employee taxes, nanny payroll tax

Elder Care FAQ: Employee Status and Tax Obligations

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 6, 2014 7:34:00 AM

Usually around this time of year we start getting worried phone calls from families confused by the household employee taxes or the "nanny taxes." We pulled together some more of the frequently asked questions our tax experts are getting in time for April 15th. 

Q. My domestic (elder caregiver, housekeeper, nanny) wants to be treated as a "contractor." Can I do that?

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Topics: elder care, eldercare, household employee taxes, senior care, 1099 v w-2, senior home-care workers

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Paying Your "Nanny Taxes"

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Apr 2, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Hiring a nanny to care for children, or a caregiver for an elderly family member can be very expensive. These employees often work long hours and your need for their services is generally perpetual. The high cost of employing household workers often makes it tempting for families not to report paid wages, since reporting carries additional financial requirements related to unemployment insurance and other benefits. However, the risks to families who do not pay their domestic employees "on the books" are considerable.

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Topics: household employee taxes, household employee, household employer, household payroll tax, workers compensation household employees

Home Sweet Home: Tips for Aging in Place

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Mar 21, 2014 7:15:00 AM

In an inspiring and forward-thinking section of the New York Times on innovations in retirement, an article on innovative solutions to senior living offered news on several fronts. While most readers will be familiar with the existing alternatives such as in-home senior care, assisted living and independent senior living options, the article features new ideas that will certainly gain more traction as the baby boomer population ages. Often referred to as "aging in place," here are some examples highlighted in the article:

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Topics: elder care, aging in place, eldercare, household employee taxes, nanny background screening

Tax Tidbit: Tax Relief for Nanny Costs

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Mar 17, 2014 7:00:00 AM

With compliance rates hovering around 10-20%, many household employers are only now beginning to seriously consider the costs and risks related to paying nannies and other household workers "on the books." While filing and paying taxes on household employees brings with it additional costs and paperwork, more families are recognizing the merits of filing as employers, and helping household workers with income tax withholding.  

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Topics: household employee taxes, nanny payroll, nanny tax, nanny taxes

Tax Tidbit: Household Employee Taxes ARE the Nanny Taxes

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Mar 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Household employee placements- including butlers, chefs, housekeepers and nannies- are on the rise, said Sarah Tilton of the Wall Street Journal in a recent online article. Accustomed to the high level of service they receive on luxury vacations and five star hotels, wealthy homeowners are increasingly staffing their residences with specially trained personnel to make their lives more comfortable.

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Topics: household employee taxes, 1099 v w-2, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny tax compliance

Tax Tidbit: Organizing Your Household Employment Tax Documents

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Mar 14, 2014 7:00:00 AM

If you employ a household employee (defined by the IRS as any domestic worker earning more than $1900 in calendar year 2014), you are responsible for the so-called "nanny taxes". By keeping track of paperwork, you'll be in a much better position come tax time next year. Nanny agency owners can also benefit from staying organized during the year whether they are filing their agency's taxes on their own or with a tax preparer.

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Topics: household employee taxes, household employee, payroll recordkeeping, nanny tax compliance

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