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2018 - What's New in Nanny Taxes?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 14, 2017 3:45:00 PM

Every year there are a host of changes to labor law and reimbursement rates that impact nanny household payroll. Below please find a quick overview of the significant changes that go into effect in 2018.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

W-2 Reporting Required for Nanny Tax-Free Healthcare Benefits

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 7, 2017 3:07:00 PM

Earlier HWS reported on changes to tax-free employer assistance with nanny health insurance in 2017. As we approach the end of the year it is important to note that the reimbursement by an employer for nanny health care expenses - or any household employee's health care reimbursement - requires reporting of the benefit on the nanny's W-2 form.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

3 Mistakes Families Make when Hiring Senior Home Care

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 5, 2017 3:47:00 PM

Finding the right in-home care for your loved one is an incredibly important decision. Maybe your loved one needs medication supervision on a regular basis, or maybe they are recovering from a fall or surgery. In-home caregivers can provide non-medical services as well as homemaker tasks, as well as administering medication and helping with bathing and grooming. Finding the right person to care for your loved one means you’ll need to take some time to do your research, including interviewing several people that you feel might be the best match. But, before you set out on your journey of finding a new household employee, here are some mistakes that should be avoided.

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Topics: elder care, senior home care, agency, senior, CPA

How Small and Household Employers can Offer Health Insurance

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Affordable Care Act allows small employers to make health coverage available to their employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). The 21st Century Cures Act enacted another option as well, the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Agreement (QSEHRA).

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Use a Dependent Care Account to Help Pay Nanny or Caregiver Expenses

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 7, 2017 4:07:00 PM

When you first hire your nanny or caregiver, there are a lot of different action items that need to get set into motion. Defining wages, determining hours, setting up legal payroll and writing an employee contract are some of the primary things that need to be settled at the get-go. Investigating how to navigate tax breaks you might have when hiring an in-home employee is another big one. If you’re wondering if you can use your dependent care flexible spending account, here are some of the basic things you should know.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

When it is time to look for a caregiver to be with Mom at home?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 24, 2017 3:49:00 PM

In-home senior care is a great service that can allow elderly loved ones to live on their own and to have the care and attention they need as they age. Aging in place is very important to some seniors, but as their bodies age, they may need help for daily tasks or medical help. How do you know when it’s time to hire an in-home caregiver to come help? Here are some signs that your loved one might show which indicate it may be time to look for additional assistance inside the home.

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Topics: Senior Caregiver Payroll, senior

In Home Senior Care: Private Hire v. Agency Services

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 3, 2017 3:58:00 PM

If your loved one needs assistance in the home doing routine tasks, there are some options that you will need to consider. In-home senior care for the long term means that you could directly hire someone privately, directly hire someone that you know personally, or engage a senior care agency to staff and manage your caregiver. Knowing the major differences between these options will help you make the right decision.

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Topics: senior, CPA

My Nanny has a B-1 Visa, Now What?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 26, 2017 3:40:00 PM

US Citizens and foreign nationals coming to the US for a temporary stay may legally bring their nanny or other domestic help with them by securing a B1 visa. These employers are typically senior executives for large corporations and certain US government employees routinely posted abroad. The US State Department, which oversees the issuance of the B1 visas, imposes certain requirements on the employer to ensure that the foreign domestic worker is treated in accordance with US labor laws and is not exploited.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA, B1 Visa, B-1 Visa

Mom's Senior Caregiver Was Injured: A Case Study

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 12, 2017 4:31:00 PM

The Importance of Household Employer Workers Compensation Insurance

There’s no doubt about it: privately employing a senior caregiver comes with its own set of logistical challenges. In addition to payroll and taxes, the ins and outs of worker’s compensation and benefits can be overwhelming for seniors and the family members coordinating their care. If you don’t understand your legal obligations as a household employer, things can get messy. Consider this case study of a senior caregiver that was injured on the job.

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Topics: nanny, workers compensation household employees, agency, senior, CPA

Why do good nannies and caregivers quit?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 8, 2017 4:17:00 PM

You’ve hired a nanny and you think she’s a perfect fit for your family. Great references and experience. You and your kids get along with her well and things are seemingly working out great. But then, she gives her notice. What went wrong? Maybe it’s not her, but it’s you. Here are some reasons why good nannies and caregivers often quit their jobs.

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Topics: nanny, nanny separation, nanny management, caregiver management, agency, senior

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