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Nannies: Tips for Planning School Breaks

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 11, 2019 4:14:00 PM

Kids look forward to having a break from attending school, but for parents and nannies this can sometimes pose a bit of a challenge. Nannies can alleviate the boredom that kids sometimes face during school breaks. Whether the school holiday is a week or two months, the breaks need to be planned for ahead of time. Here are some tips for planning for school breaks so it is fun for both the parents and the kids. 

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Topics: nanny, agency

How to Survive an Audit if the IRS Comes Knocking

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 6, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The tax year 2018 audit stats are out and the IRS has revealed that fewer taxpayers were selected for audits than in prior years. That doesn’t really matter though if you are one of the unlucky few! Also, things like not paying household employment taxes increase your risk of an audit. Let’s take a look at some numbers and strategies everyone can use.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Tips to negotiating fair pay rates and benefits with nannies

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 4, 2019 3:32:00 PM

If you have decided to hire a household employee, you may be researching the details involved. One of the most important things you will have to do is negotiate a fair wage and understand the taxes and benefits involved with adding someone to the payroll each month. Here are some tips on how to negotiate pay rates and benefits.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

Hiring Your Children Can Be a Good Idea

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you own a business and need some extra help this summer you might want to look to your children. There are many benefits to hiring your kids – they get experience, they learn about earning and managing money, and you can get tax breaks.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Verbal Agreement vs. Written Work Agreement – why the details matter

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 28, 2019 3:30:00 PM

You’ve hired a household employee and now it is time to hammer out the details about the work arrangement. You can talk about the details first, but it is important to let that just be the beginning of it. Everything that you have discussed should be solidified in a written work agreement. This makes things simpler in the event that any question or confusion arises later down the road during your employee’s time working for you. Here are some tips on why the details in a written work agreement are important to have.

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Topics: nanny, agency

7 Things CPAs Usually Get Wrong About Household Employment

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

At HomeWork Solutions we regularly consult with CPAs and other financial professionals about household employment. The most common questions we get go something like: “I have a client that hired a nanny and I don’t know what to do,” or, “If I remember my payroll class right from college I can just use a 1099 for this, right?” We’ve put together 7 things to know when a client brings this issue to you.

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Topics: CPA

When a Nanny Needs to Drive the Children

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 21, 2019 2:56:00 PM

When does a nanny need to drive the children? Many families who hire a nanny need the nanny to provide some basic transportation for the children. This can be the regular drop off and pick up from morning preschool, transportation to and from sports practice, religious education classes, or other scheduled activities. It can also be the occasional trip to the doctors or orthodontics appointments, or occasional transportation to a classmates birthday party. Whether the nanny needs to drive the children routinely or simply upon occasion, there are important  considerations for all parties.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Avoid Employment Discrimination Claims

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM

We don’t see discrimination claims too often in the household employment world but staffing agencies and CPA firms are more vulnerable. In 2018 there were 76,418 claims made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a price tag of $505m to employers. Here are some tips to help keep your name off that list.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Importance of Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 14, 2019 3:55:00 PM

If you employ someone to work in your home such as a nanny or a housekeeper, they are your employee and you are required to treat them as such. As an employer, you are legally required to ensure that their workplace is safe. Unfortunately, accidents happen sometimes, and you will need to be prepared. Having a worker’s compensation policy in place will ensure that your employee will be compensated for any medical care that is needed, including rehabilitation and/or lost wages due to an injury or medical procedure that happened while they were on the job. In addition, your worker’s compensation insurance will help protect you from lawsuits that could happen as a result of an accident at the workplace. Here are some additional reasons that show the importance of worker’s compensation insurance.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Writing off Business Expenses

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Surprisingly (or maybe not…) the Internal Revenue Code does not state specific expenses that can be deducted from your business. It does say “all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on any trade or business” which leaves some room for interpretation. Continue reading to find out more about writing off business expenses.

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Topics: agency, CPA

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