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Resolve to Outsource Household Payroll this Year!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 15, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Is your to-do list getting longer and longer and does it seem like your demands from day to day just never end? We get it. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough time to keep on top of everything.

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Topics: nanny, senior, CPA, agency

Case Study: We paid the caregiver cash, now she wants a W-2!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 8, 2019 3:56:00 PM

Our client Nancy M. came to us with an issue regarding prior cash payments to her mother's caregiver and filing proper tax paperwork.

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Topics: senior, nanny, CPA

2018 Household Employment Year End Roundup

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 18, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a "what's new or changed" roundup of household employment tax and benefit information.

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2019 WAGE BASE:

The IRS annually reviews, and adjusts as necessary, the wage payment threshold that obligates a family to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and issue employees W-2 forms. This threshold remains at $2100 of wages in a year for 2019.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

Childcare Planning for Weather Emergencies

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 11, 2018 3:36:00 PM

You live an active lifestyle and sometimes weather emergencies throw you for a loop. No one likes to be inconvenienced and when it comes to weather issues, it can be stressful and frustrating – especially if it means that your nanny or caregiver cannot come to work. Whether it’s a tropical storm or a pileup of snow overnight, if you plan ahead for weather emergencies, you can minimize the headache. Here are some tips that can help.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Can a Weekly Housekeeper Change My Life?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 4, 2018 3:50:00 PM

The laundry is piling up, the dust bunnies are accumulating around the house, you have 2 soccer games to be at this weekend with your kids, and all you can think about is the mound of dishes in the sink that needs to be tackled. Life gets busy and sometimes it is so busy that we just don’t have the time to do what we need to do to keep on top of housecleaning.

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Topics: nanny, senior, agency

How to Explain a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 29, 2018 9:20:17 AM

More and more we’re seeing employers asking about how to help employees with health insurance. That’s great! Just how to go about doing it is where things get confusing. In this post we’ll lay out the landscape as we see it and how we go about consulting clients on healthcare for their employee(s).

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Topics: agency, CPA, nanny

How Nannies Make Families Stronger

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 27, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Life is busy and adding children into the mix just makes things even more busy. Parents are working, running kids to soccer practice or music lessons, and finding a way to “do it all” its sometimes easier said than done. If you’ve found yourself feeling overwhelmed with the day-to-day activities of running kids to daycare before work, then rushing back to get them before going to the next to-do, it may be time to find a better plan. A nanny very well could be the answer. And once you’ve found the balance, your whole family will feel stronger. Here’s how.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Nanny working when Grandma or Auntie Sue come to visit

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 20, 2018 4:11:00 PM

Having relatives come to visit can be an exciting thing that your children look forward to. But as the adult, it could mean that you need to do some extensive preparation ahead of time. Cleaning house and getting ahead at work so you can take some time off to spend with your family members are just some of the many details that need to come together before the arrivals happen. Preparing details for your nanny is also an important thing to remember to do. Here are some tips on how to plan for an upcoming relative’s visit with success.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Alternatives to the Nanny Year End Bonus

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 13, 2018 4:02:00 PM

Nanny wages have been on the steady increase for the last decade and from 2003 to 2017, the average nanny wage has increased 20%. Paying your nanny a fair wage is part of what keeps her happy and loyal to your family in her role. After all, she works hard for your family all year long and it is important to recognize her for a job well done. One way to acknowledge her efforts, above and beyond her wage, is through a end of year bonus. A typical end of year bonus is one or two weeks pay. For many families, paying a nanny additional cash for a bonus could be outside of the budget, particularly if the nanny is well compensated already. If that’s the case, there are several other great alternatives that could help recognize your nanny’s work for the year.

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Topics: nanny

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

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