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

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 10, 2020 4:07:00 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

Benefits of Hiring an Adult Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 29, 2020 4:40:00 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

Unemployment Benefits and Taxes: Avoiding a Surprise Tax Bill

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 6, 2020 7:00:00 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 Sep 29, 2020 4:58:00 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 Sep 22, 2020 7:00:00 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 Sep 8, 2020 3:47:00 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

Update- Payroll Tax Holiday? Not So Fast...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 2, 2020 11:00:00 AM
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Topics: nanny, nanny payroll tax, nanny tax, agency, senior, CPA, Tax Holiday

Everything you need to know about Nanny Shares and Learning Pods

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There is no doubt about it: 2020 has been a year of surprise and change. Parents have had to get creative in how they care for and school their children, in addition to adjusting their own career schedules to make it work. Nanny shares and learning pods are two effective methods that parents are using around the country to provide quality education and care for their kids.

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Topics: household employer, nanny, nanny tax, household payroll, agency, private educator, Learning pods

Understanding a Nanny Trial Period

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 1, 2020 4:11:00 PM

Nannies and families often negotiate a trial period at the beginning of a new job. The nanny trial period may be from several days to several weeks, depending on the arrangement. This essentially gives both parties the opportunity to learn a bit more about each other, and a graceful way to bow out of a longer term employment arrangement if either party feels this is not a good match.

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Topics: nanny, agency

Nanny or AuPair: What Are the Differences?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 25, 2020 4:00:00 PM

There is currently a moratorium on au pair J visas, and families familiar with the Au Pair Program may be considering a nanny. Aren't they the same thing? While both positions provide childcare in the home, it’s important to understand what the differences are between the two. Knowing what they are will help you determine what the right choice is for your childcare needs.

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Topics: nanny, agency

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