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2021 Household Employment Coming Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/23/20 8:00 AM

Updated 22 December 2020

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a "what's new or changed" roundup of household employment tax laws and benefit information.

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2021 WAGE BASE:

The IRS annually reviews, and adjusts as necessary, the wage payment threshold that obligates a family to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and issue employees W-2 forms. This threshold will increase to $2,300 for 2021.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Nanny Holiday Appreciation … Bonus? Paid Time Off?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/22/20 10:45 AM

Timeless holiday songs are once again playing on the radio, that festive spirit can be felt in the air and year end celebratory planning can be found everywhere … This is one of my favorite seasons of all.  It is that special time of year when we take the time to appreciate the wonderful people in our lives, and take a moment to show our appreciation to those special people that make our everyday lives better.  We all start to feel that holiday spirit this time of year!

Many families incorporate this spirit into their household employment relationships as well.  If you have a nanny, senior caregiver or other household employee, now is the time to consider how you might demonstrate your appreciation to your employee ...

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Topics: nanny paid time off, nanny bonus

You’ve Hired an In-Home Employee: What are Your Legal Responsibilities?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/17/20 11:30 AM

Need a housekeeper, nanny, personal assistant, or estate manager to lend a helping hand in your home on a regular basis? Once you find the right person, you want to make sure that they stay employed with you for as long as possible. That means ensuring that everything is kept on the up and up – from communication, to a set payroll schedule, to tax withholdings. Hiring an in-home employee makes you a household employer. And you’ll need to be aware of what your legal responsibilities are. 

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Topics: elder care, household employer, calculate nanny payroll tax, 1099 v w-2, domestic employer legal responsibilities, nanny tax compliance, household payroll, caregiver

Mom Needs Assistance at Home: How Hiring a Senior Caregiver Can Help

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/8/20 10:00 AM

Mom is struggling to remember to take her medications on time. She is having difficulty cooking and you are noticing a decline in hygiene. Maybe she is a bit wobbly on her feet as she continues to age, putting her at greater risk for a fall. These things can be part of the aging process, but it is difficult to watch. When you want what is best for your aging parent, what do you do? In-home senior care is the answer for many families around the country. This allows your elderly loved ones to live in their own home, on their own terms. Here are some reasons why hiring a senior caregiver can help.

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Topics: eldercare, home health workers, senior care, caregiver, senior home care, senior home caregiver, senior caregiver employment practices

Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangements- Act Now During Open Enrollment!

Posted by HWS Guest on 12/1/20 11:00 AM

Healthcare open enrollment season is here, so we've asked our partners at Take Command Health to offer insights on why a Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA or ICHRA) may be right for you and your employee.  Here  is CEO Jack Hooper's take:

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Topics: nanny agency, nanny, senior, CPA, HRA, Healthcare

Did Your Clients Hire a Nanny This Year?

Posted by Jay Schulze on 11/24/20 8:00 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

"Surprise! We Hired a Nanny."

Posted by Jay Schulze on 11/17/20 10:28 AM

The 2020 tax season approaches and more of your clients are hiring nannies and caregivers than ever before. Night nurses for newborns, senior caregivers for mom or dad, and now private educators for students doing school remotely- all present “nanny tax” issues for you and your clients.

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Topics: nanny share, nanny agency, nanny payroll, nannies, nanny tax, nanny tax compliance, household payroll, caregiver, COVID-19, private educator

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

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