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Retirement Plan Contributions are Updating for 2019

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As a follow up to our previous post about retirement plans, here is some information about contribution limits for 2019. The amounts are indexed for inflation and most have increased this year.

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Topics: CPA

Negotiating Pre-Tax Benefits a Win-Win

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 29, 2019 11:56:09 AM

HomeWork Solutions' co-founder Kathy Webb recently participated in a nanny educational program focused around legal nanny payroll. In the course of discussions, attendees were anxious for some concrete examples on how the negotiation of pre-tax benefits for health insurance reimbursement and professional development  could be cost neutral to a family and a big win for the nanny.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

Managing v micro-managing your dad’s caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 29, 2019 10:25:00 AM

Hiring a caregiver is a very personal decision and there is a lot of different information and emotion involved. Because of that, you’ve likely spent a significant amount of time interviewing caregiver candidates to find the “right” fit. Once you have found the right person to hire to help provide care for your dad, now comes the hard work of establishing job descriptions, building solid communication, and managing the person without interfering too much. Micromanagement never yields the results you want, yet it is easy for people to get into this routine. It instead leads to higher turnover and caregivers that are demoralized and unenthusiastic about their work.

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Topics: senior

Offering a SIMPLE IRA is a Good Place to Start for Small Businesses

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you own a small business, or are a household employer, and want to offer a retirement savings plan to your employees the options can get confusing. Offering a 401(k) can be complicated and expensive, but a SIMPLE IRA might be just right. Here is a breakdown of how they work.

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Topics: CPA, agency

Interviewing a caregiver - Questions you might not want to ask...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 22, 2019 3:56:00 PM

You are going to hire a nanny or senior caregiver soon. You know that interviewing can be tricky, and don't want to make a mistake in this important activity. Before you begin advertising, narrowing down your candidates and starting the interview process, it is important to do some research on what proper protocol is for what questions you can ask and what is taboo.

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Topics: nanny, senior

3 More Metrics that Really Matter to Employers

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Most employers are focused on financial metrics when analyzing their business, which makes sense. In recent years though, more attention has been paid to human resource metrics as well. Monitoring the below items can help any company, household or not, with ensuring smooth operation.

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Topics: CPA, agency

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

Often Overlooked Payroll Record keeping Requirements

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM

All employers are required to keep certain records of payroll. Most know about W-4s, I-9s, and paystubs but there are others to watch out for as well. Here are two examples of records you should be keeping if applicable.

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Topics: CPA

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

Key Deadlines for First Quarter 2019 Taxes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The start of a new calendar year is always busy and taxes are no exception. The first quarter sees deadlines for both the fourth quarter of 2018 and year end. We’ve pulled together a general list for corporate and household employers. This is not exhaustive so please consult a personal or business tax consultant if you have specific questions.

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Topics: CPA

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