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

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 11/10/20 4:07 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

No Time for Nanny Taxes? No Problem.

Posted by Jay Schulze on 11/3/20 10:16 AM

Do you know which of your clients have hired a nanny, private tutor, or senior caregiver this year? In response to school, daycare, and nursing home closures across the country, household employment is at an all time high. Don’t be left scrambling to complete W2s and unemployment tax filings in January. Now is the time to contact clients about their “nanny tax” obligations!

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Topics: household employee, nanny tax, nanny taxes, nanny tax compliance, CPA, 2020 taxes

Benefits of Hiring an Adult Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/29/20 4:40 PM

As your loved one starts to age, it is important to determine what type of care for them is best. Nursing homes or assisted living centers are not meant for everyone. Many seniors and their families want to be in the comfort of their own homes if possible. Getting dressed, managing medications, cooking, and cleaning the home can get harder and harder and for scenarios like this, hiring an in-home caregiver is a great option. If you are considering finding an adult caregiver to work in your loved one’s home, here are some benefits.

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Topics: senior caregivers, aging in place, eldercare, caregiver, Hiring Elder care, senior home care, senior home caregiver, agency, COVID-19

Did Your Clients Hire a Nanny This Year?

Posted by Jay Schulze on 10/26/20 10:03 AM

Did your clients hire a nanny, private tutor, or senior caregiver this year? Due to work at home orders and government shutdowns of schools and childcare facilities, you should be expecting more “Nanny Tax” issues than ever before. Here’s why you should act now: 

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Topics: hiring a nanny, nanny tax, CPA

How Hiring a Nanny Can Take the Load off Grandparents

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/20/20 7:00 AM

You have just welcomed a child into your family and amid all of the sleepless nights and new routines, joy and love abound. You are in awe of your precious baby and want only the best for your little one. Heading back to work once maternity or paternity leave is over means you will need a childcare plan in place.

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Topics: nanny communication, aging parents, nanny agency, hiring a nanny, nanny employee, child care

How Parents and Nannies Can Work Together to Help Kids with Distance Learning

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/13/20 7:00 AM

Around the country, the beginning of the school year is starting out differently. Distance learning is the new norm for many states and counties and that means kids and parents are juggling a lot. But there is good news! There are options. The first one: parents can utilize the services of a nanny or a learning pod to help provide the support and quality education that kids deserve this year. Here’s how.  

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Topics: nanny share, household employee, household employer, nanny agency, home health workers, senior home care, nanny sal, childcare, employment compliance, private educator

Unemployment Benefits and Taxes: Avoiding a Surprise Tax Bill

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 10/6/20 7:00 AM

Millions of Americans have lost work this year and are collecting unemployment benefits. However, many people are unaware that the money you are collecting from unemployment is considered income and is taxable. Federal income tax is always owed on unemployment benefits. To avoid a surprise tax bill during tax season, be sure to withhold taxes or pay estimated taxes ahead of time. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you don’t have to face an unexpected hit on your benefits later. Unemployed_

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Topics: nanny agency, nanny tax, agency

Getting Health Insurance Coverage - My Head is Spinning, Where Do I Start?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 9/29/20 4:58 PM

If you have recently started a position with a new employer, you’re probably learning about the different benefits that you’ve been hired with. Many household employers who do not offer group health coverage for their employees help pay for medical expenses through a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). When you negotiate this benefit with your new employer,  it will help pay your health care costs for qualifying health insurance coverage. If you have never worked with a QSEHRA before, we’ll break down the important must-knows here.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

How to Respond When Your Nanny Goes Above and Beyond

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 9/22/20 7:00 AM

Your nanny is an important part of your family. She takes care of your kids when you are away, and she gives them the love and attention that they need. Paying your nanny a fair wage is one way to show your appreciation for her attentive work with your kids, but when she goes above and beyond, you can choose to acknowledge her in an even greater way. Here are some ideas on how to do that.

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Topics: household employee, nanny agency, nannies, nanny taxes, nanny bonus, agency

Helping Children with the Emotional Impacts of COVID-19

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 9/8/20 3:47 PM

Physical distancing. Shortened school years. Quarantine. Closed playgrounds and cancelled play dates. Boredom. Economic turmoil. Everyone wearing masks and gloves outside or in stores. Fear over loved ones getting sick.

The impact of COVID-19 has had far reaching effects. It has caused angst, sadness and people young and old alike are left grappling with the new world as we know it.

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Topics: nanny, agency

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