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Great Nanny, Bad Interview: Polishing A Diamond in The Rough

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 11, 2019 3:56:00 PM

Interviews can be difficult for some people.  Maybe it’s because of nerves, or simply because the potential nanny doesn’t have a lot of experience with the interview process. It’s a fact that sometimes the interview just simply doesn’t go well. This case study looks at a common issue: how to help a nanny interview well and secure a position.

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Topics: agency

Summer Childcare and How You Might Get a Tax Break

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

With schools out for the summer, parents across the country are setting up other means of childcare. Some parents opt for day camp, others for a nanny or day care center, in most cases though the cost of these options counts towards the Childcare Tax Credit.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Another Reason a Nanny or Senior Care Take Home Pay Agreement is a Bad Idea – a Case Study

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 9, 2019 3:53:00 PM

Background

A client in Texas , Jane,  hired a home care worker to help her mother around the house, an important hire to help her mom live safely and independently at home. Jane’s mother lives alone and has recently had to give up her driver’s license due to health issues. She needs someone to help her get out to meet her friends, get to doctor appointments and help with groceries and errands. She also has some housekeeping areas she can no longer safely do herself.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

How Holiday Pay Impacts Nanny or Senior Care Overtime

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jul 2, 2019 3:18:00 PM

Many, many nannies and senior caregivers have a routine work week that exceeds 40 hours a week. Presuming that the employment situation is long term, most families agree to specific paid holidays. Exactly how does a paid holiday impact the weekly overtime calculation?

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Avoid this Heavy Payroll Tax Penalty!

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If an employer withholds federal taxes from an employee (income and/or FICA) they must be remitted to the IRS timely. If not, you can face hefty penalties and the IRS can come after individual people in a corporation.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

Difference Between a Nanny and a Babysitter

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 25, 2019 3:58:00 PM

Nannies and babysitters – a lot of people use these terms interchangeably, but they in fact are quite different. While it is true that both provide similar services – taking care of children in a parent’s absence – there are some important reasons why there are significant differences between a nanny and a babysitter.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

How a Nanny & Parents Can Work Together in Difficult Times

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 18, 2019 3:32:00 PM

Life can be difficult at times and when there are difficult conversations to be had, you may feel at a loss on what to say or how to say it. Whether it’s talking to your kids about a family member being sick, someone losing an important job, or there is a divorce on the horizon, its best to work together with your nanny to help your kids process emotions and come out well at the end of the situation. Here are some tips on how nannies and parents can work together in difficult times.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Creating a Solid Employee Incentive Plan

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Employee incentive plans are a great way to motivate staff and help foster overall organizational growth. Sometimes they are pretty simple, but they can get complex and troublesome quickly. Here are some things to think about to start from a solid foundation.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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

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