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Paid 'Under the Table' - Can I Still Receive Social Security?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 6/11/24 9:45 AM

If you've worked as a household employee and received your pay 'under the table,' you might wonder about your eligibility for Social Security benefits when you retire. The answer is not straightforward and depends significantly on your marital status, work history, and how your income was reported.

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Topics: eldercare, nanny retirement, W-2, nanny, caregiver, Senior Caregiver Payroll, senior home caregiver, domestic worker, childcare

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

Bad Weather is Easy to Navigate With a Good Work Agreement

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 1/9/24 11:34 AM

It is time to plan ahead and have an inclement weather policy in place for the upcoming winter weather. Snowy or icy conditions can be unsafe, and safety should always be the top priority when determining if an employee should commute in to work. In the event of a weather emergency, having an inclement weather policy in place ensures everyone knows what to do.

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Topics: payroll, nanny agency, senior care, nanny, nanny work agreement, household payroll, senior

Minimum Wage Increases Coming in January 2024

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/27/23 4:58 PM

Governments are recognizing the need to ensure household employees are paid a living wage and slowly phasing in wage increases over a series of years.  Effective January 1, 2024, minimum wage will be increasing in additional states and cities across the country.  As longtime advocates for fair and legal pay, we hope to see this trend continue, and to see an increase to the Federal Minimum Wage in the coming years.

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

Do I Have to Pay My Nanny, Senior Caregiver, or Other Household Employee Overtime?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/12/23 11:29 AM

The short answer is yes. Domestic employees, such as nannies, household assistants, and elder care providers are hourly employees under the law, and therefore must be paid overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the framework to determine weekly overtime requirements for household workers. Some states also have laws requiring daily overtime. It is important to understand all applicable rules to determine when overtime pay is due.

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Topics: eldercare, caregiver payroll, nanny agency, senior care, nanny employment practices, nanny, nanny tax, nanny overtime, household payroll, Senior Caregiver Payroll, agency, senior, CPA

Is Your Employee’s Healthcare Plan ACA Compliant?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 12/7/23 11:25 AM

If you are seeking to provide a tax advantaged healthcare reimbursement, such as a QSEHRA, to your household employee, you need to make sure it is ACA compliant. Let's delve into what it takes for a plan to be ACA-compliant and what might not meet those standards.

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Topics: eldercare, household employee, nanny agency, senior care, nanny, nanny health insurance, household payroll, senior caregiver health insurance, agency, senior, CPA

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