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Housekeepers and Nanny Taxes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 12, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Confused about how nanny taxes affect the taxes you pay on your housekeeper’s wages? In honor every mom who appeciates extra help keeping the home in order, we thought we’d clear up some common misconceptions surrounding an employer’s tax obligations on their housekeeper’s wages.

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Topics: housekeeper, cleaning lady, nanny tax, nanny taxes

The Consequences of Nanny Tax Fraud

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Mar 5, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Generally, in life, it pays to do things right the first time. Your nanny payroll taxes are no exception to the rule: while it may be tempting to evade these pesky taxes, in the long run, you will be thankful that you managed your household employment taxes well. It will cost much more of your money, time, and patience to deal with the consequences of tax fraud than to file your payroll taxes correctly the first time around!

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Topics: nanny tax audit, nanny tax statute of limitations, nanny tax, nanny taxes, caregiver, nanny tax case study

Nanny Payroll Service Reflects on April 15th

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 19, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Every American dreads this date.  APRIL 15th!  We see images of adding machine tape, lines at the post office, and piles of tax receipts. January is the month household employers deliver W-2 forms to their nanny, housekeeper and other household employees. After a month of frantic phone calls from employers and caregivers alike pleading for tax help, I can offer the following reflections:

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Topics: nanny taxes, 1099 v w-2, nanny tax compliance, Senior Caregiver Payroll

Nanny Tax Myths

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Feb 12, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Part Time Nannies, Summer Nannies

MYTH “My nanny only works during the summer months when our kids are out of school. I don’t need to worry about nanny taxes since she is only a temporary employee.” 

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Topics: nanny tax, nanny taxes

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

Posted by HomeWork Solutions 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 taxes, nanny tax compliance

Case Study: Paying Nanny Off the Books

Posted by HomeWork Solutions 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, nanny taxes, nanny tax case study

How a Nanny Addresses Pay on the Books with a Family

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 28, 2014 5:51:00 PM

I recently attended Nannypalooza in Philadelphia where I was asked by a nanny in attendance if I could coach her on how to speak to her employer about being paid on the books. Immediately several other nannies joined the conversation, sharing that this is one of the most difficult conversations to initiate with their employers.

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Topics: nanny off the books, nanny job satisfaction, nanny taxes

Summer Nanny Payroll Services

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 24, 2014 8:46:00 AM

School is out, and families nationwide are turning to summer nannies to provide safe, individualized caregiving for their young children over the summer holidays.

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Topics: nanny payroll, summer nanny, nanny taxes

Tax Tidbit: Filing the Correct Tax Forms for a Household Employee

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Mar 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Regardless of whether your household employee is full time or part time, employers are required to pay employment taxes if the employee is paid $1900 or more per year (in 2014).

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Topics: household employee, household employer, nanny taxes, 1099 v w-2, household payroll tax, household payroll

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

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