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Philadelphia Enacts Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 14, 2019 2:38:59 PM

The City of Philadelphia joins 10 states and two other cities with legislation known as a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. This legislation is part of a decade long community level movement nationwide to establish basic worker protections to the growing domestic services industry. While the numbers of nannies and housekeepers remains stable, the in-home senior care component of the domestic services field continues to experience vigorous growth as aging baby boomers overwhelmingly prefer to "age in place," therefore requiring senior caregivers to help them remain safe and independent.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

More than a Good Book - Reading with Children

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 12, 2019 4:23:00 PM

Books are a window to different worlds and a way for your child to dive into the depths of their imaginations. The benefits of reading to children extend to various areas of life. Some of the benefits of regular reading include helping increase your child’s vocabulary, while promoting longer attention span, builds listening skills, and helps your child discover things in unique ways. Reading helps children develop their language which will help not only with their speaking, but with their writing. Children love the sound of language, even from the womb. So, cultivating a love for stories and books of all kinds is key to their development. There are a variety of wonderful books out there to choose from, but here are some tips on picking books that resonate with children.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Why not pay my nanny partly on and off the books?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 5, 2019 4:00:00 PM

You’ve hired a nanny and now comes the details of getting payroll set up with proper taxes withheld. It might seem like a good idea to pay your nanny partly on the books with the rest of payments off the record, because it could save you on taxes while still contributing to her work history. However, there are a variety of reasons you should not go this route, which we cover here.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

New Tax Advantaged Health Insurance Options for Household Employees

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 29, 2019 4:00:00 PM

The health insurance marketplace continues to change, and starting 1 January 2020 employers of nannies, senior caregivers, and other household employees will have a new choice for assisting or supporting their employees with their health insurance and other health care expenses.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Understanding Unemployment Tax

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

All employers in the U.S. have to pay unemployment tax. There are two versions – Federal and State. Federal unemployment tax (FUTA) is charged at a rate of 6% on the first $7000 in wages paid to an employee, in most cases though that rate is decreased to 0.6% (explained more below). State unemployment tax (SUTA) is handled in a similar way but each state controls their own rate and wage threshold.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Watch Out For These Tax Scams

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

According to the IRS, thousands of people have had money and personal information stolen through tax-related scams. Scammers are getting more refined, making it harder than ever to separate real correspondence from fake. Here are two of the more popular tax-related scams the IRS has seen this year.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

What a Great Nanny Candidate, Except…

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 15, 2019 3:20:00 PM

As much as we would like to be, it’s a fact that human beings simply aren’t perfect. Even Mary Poppins, the famous nanny that saves the day admits that she was only “practically” perfect. When it comes to search for the right nanny to work in your home, we understand that you’re looking for someone as close to perfect as possible. Every agency has come across a great candidate that has a hiccup in work history. That means when you’re learning more about that person and what they have to offer, the agency is left to decide if that one gap will spoil the whole peach. The good news is, it doesn’t have to!

Even Mary Poppins admits that she was only “practically” perfect.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Case Study: How Easily Nanny Taxes Can Be Overlooked

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

Nanny Taxes are a very narrow but complex piece of the tax code; as such they are easy to miss and can cause considerable headaches to fix. The following case study is from a real client. The names have been changed but the rest is true.  Read on for an example of what can go wrong, even for the best of us.

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Topics: agency, CPA

Do I Pay my Nanny if She Is Called for Jury Duty?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 8, 2019 3:50:00 PM

Jury duty: some people dread getting called, others welcome the chance to do their civic duty and experience a bit of change of pace from their regular workday. However, when your household employee gets called to jury duty, it can be a strain on your home, and you may need to adjust schedules in order to cover your employee’s absence. When it comes to payment, you might be wondering if they need to be paid while they are on jury duty. Here are the details you should know.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

I negotiated $750 a week in take home pay and now regret it...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 1, 2019 4:10:00 PM

It is a common, but ill advised, practice in the household employment field to negotiate wages on a take home pay basis. We have illustrated many times how parents can get themselves into budgetary hot water when they agree to a take home wage without first doing the math to figure out what the out of pocket costs are too. Similarly, a nanny or senior caregiver who simply negotiates her wage on a take home pay basis often works against her best interest.

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Topics: nanny, agency, CPA

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