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Tips to Successfully Onboard Your Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/30/24 11:17 AM

When you hire a new household employee, it's important to handle the process carefully and thoroughly. Whether you're welcoming a nanny, a senior caregiver, or a household chef, understanding the key steps can help ensure a smooth integration into your home and family life. Here are several essential considerations to remember as you begin this important journey.

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Topics: household employee taxes, caregiver payroll, household staffing agency, household employee, hiring a nanny, nanny employment practices, nanny payroll, nanny payroll tax, nannies, nanny tax, nanny employee, domestic employer legal responsibilities, household payroll, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors, domestic worker, caregiver management

Our Nanny is Leaving, What Now?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/23/24 3:41 PM

When your nanny decides to leave, whether the parting is mutual or unexpected, it can be an emotional and complicated time for everyone involved. Here are some important steps to consider to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain a positive relationship through the change:

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Topics: caregiver payroll, household employee, household employer, hiring a nanny, nanny employment practices, nanny taxes, nanny employee, nanny return of family property, household payroll, nanny employment termination, nanny separation, caregiver, domestic worker, childcare, child care

Why Paying Half Off the Books is Never a Good Idea

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/18/24 10:32 AM

Navigating the complexities of payroll and taxes is more than just a bureaucratic task; it's a commitment to fairness and integrity. Let’s take a look at the importance of transparent wage reporting, the ethical considerations of payroll management, the financial risks of non-compliance, and the broader implications on your nanny's welfare.

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Topics: household employee, hiring a nanny, childcare, child care

Hiring Your First Nanny: Tips for a Perfect Fit

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/10/24 9:13 AM

Embracing the journey of hiring your first nanny can be smooth and rewarding with the right approach. A little preparation and planning will pay off in dividends, by saving you time, and frustration, and possibly even preventing a failed first hire.

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Topics: interview a nanny

Negotiate a Great Nanny Compensation Package

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/15/24 2:10 PM

As you embark on your search for a new nanny position, you're likely evaluating key aspects of potential jobs, including salary, location, and benefits. These are crucial considerations before applying, but once the interview, and finally the offer time comes, it's equally important to understand the distinction between gross and net pay, and what benefits can be received tax-free. Grasping these concepts will aid in budgeting and planning for your financial needs, helping you to identify the most suitable position for you. Here are some essential points to keep in mind:

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How Does The IRS Find Out About Under-Reported Income?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/5/24 11:25 AM

When new household employees reach out to HomeWork Solutions for information on how their employers should report wages, some respond with “I don’t want to pay taxes, maybe we will just do this under the table.” While under the table payments might seem tempting at first, it really isn’t a good idea to work “off the books." We remind these callers when unreported or under-reported income comes to light the taxpayer not only owes the original amount, but also penalties and interest. Often these callers ask how the IRS will find out about the payments.  So, let’s look into how under the table wages may be discovered.

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Topics: senior care, nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Why Nanny Work Agreements Are So Important!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/28/24 11:10 AM

Nanny work agreements play a vital role in establishing a successful nanny-employer relationship. These documents provide a clear framework for the employment arrangement and help prevent potentially damaging misunderstandings. 

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Topics: nanny, agency

Does it Matter What Type of Bonus I Give My Nanny or Other Household Employee?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/8/24 3:47 PM

In the world of employment and compensation, bonuses are like icing on the cake. They are the reward that make hard work and dedication feel appreciated and recognized. For hourly employees like nannies, caregivers, and , bonuses can take two primary forms: discretionary and non-discretionary. But what are the key differences between these two, and how do they impact overtime pay? 

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Topics: senior care, nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Unlocking Tax Savings with Employee Benefits: The Power of QSEHRA/ICHRA for Your Household Employee

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/16/24 11:38 AM

In the modern economy, more and more households are hiring domestic help, whether it's a nanny, caregiver, or housekeeper. These household employees play a crucial role in keeping our lives running smoothly, and it's important to recognize their dedication and hard work. One effective way to show appreciation and also maximize tax savings for you, and your employee, is by offering a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) or an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA).

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Topics: nanny agencies, senior care, nanny, nanny tax, household payroll tax, nanny benefits, household independent contractor, household payroll, agency, senior, CPA

2024 Household Employment Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/11/24 1:41 PM

Updated December 2023

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a summary of new or updated household employment tax laws and benefit information.


The IRS annually reviews, and adjusts as necessary, the wage payment threshold that obligates a family to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.  These tax withholdings are reported annually on a W-2.  This threshold will increase to $2,700 for 2024.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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