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Ignorance is Bliss… No, Not Really! (A common senior care scenario)

Posted by Mary Crowe, FPC on 6/3/14 8:25 AM

We took a difficult call recently from an adult daughter of an elderly couple who employed two senior caregivers. The Smiths live in New York

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Topics: eldercare, aging parents, senior care, payroll tax enforcement, nanny background screening

Decisiones Difíciles para Empleadores Domésticos - Reforma de Inmigración y Cumplimiento Tributario

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on 7/10/13 6:25 PM

El Congreso de los Estados Unidos está debatiendo la reforma migratoria que podría liderar un camino a la ciudadanía para los cerca de once millones de trabajadores indocumentados que viven y trabajan hoy en las sombras, evadiendo la legislación fiscal.  Una buena parte de éstos trabajadores, están empleados como niñeras, empleadas domésticas y personas al cuidado de adultos mayores.

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Topics: nanny payroll, nanny tax, payroll tax enforcement, nanny tax compliance

IRS Audits and the Nanny Tax

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 2/27/13 5:59 PM

The IRS reports that audits of tax returns with income over $200,000 increased by 13% in 2012 over the prior year. The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch recently published advice on 5 steps to take to avoid an IRS audit on your Federal income tax return.

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Topics: babysitter nanny tax, nanny payroll tax, nanny taxes, payroll tax enforcement

Immigration Reform: Undocumented Nannies?

Posted by Kathy Webb on 2/12/13 11:00 AM

President Obama and congressional leaders in both parties have re-energized the debate on proposed immigration reform in the last several weeks. A "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented aliens currently residing in the US is a key element of the debate.

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Topics: nanny undocumented, household payroll tax, payroll tax enforcement

Rare Nanny Tax Evasion Convictions

Posted by Kathy Webb on 8/7/12 12:03 PM

Reprinted from April 2007

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Topics: nanny tax statute of limitations, payroll tax enforcement

Trust Company Liable for Non-payment of "Nanny Taxes"?

Posted by Kathleen Webb on 7/10/12 4:56 PM

Reprinted from March 2007

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Topics: elder care, household payroll tax, payroll tax enforcement

Payroll Tax Enforcement Efforts Accelerate

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 6/19/12 4:05 PM

California is striving to shine a light on its underground economy.  At the end of 2011, the LA Times reported that employers who pay their workers under the table - to avoid payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance and other government mandates - cost the state about $7 billion annually in lost tax revenues.  Last week, California’s Labor Enforcement Task Force set up a public hotline for workers and employers to call in complaints and provide enforcement tips.  Employers who are playing by the rules want to create a level playing field by "ratting out" their competitors who cheat.  One state official notes, “The hotline will be a valuable tool to gather information and bring into compliance those employers who treat workplace safety and wage and hour laws as a nuisance”

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Topics: nanny tax audit, domestic employer legal responsibilities, payroll tax enforcement, california household employment

Crackdown on Worker Misclassification Spreads

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 4/25/12 8:20 AM

nanny senior care misclassificationWorker misclassification - the practice by an employer of treating an employee as an independent contractor for purposes of avoiding employment taxes - is a constant issue in the field of household employment. Many household employers - and employees - simply feel this is easier, that the tax forms are too complicated, or the tax expense too high.

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Topics: worker misclassification independent contractor, domestic employer legal responsibilities, payroll tax enforcement

Household Employment Tax Enforcement...

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 3/19/12 10:07 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and 11 states, as we reported in October 2011, have entered into information sharing agreements for purposes of employment tax enforcement. Virginia, apparently, is making a concerted effort to collect state unemployment taxes from employers known to the IRS, but not to the state.

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Topics: nanny tax audit, nanny tax statute of limitations, worker misclassification independent contractor, payroll tax enforcement, nanny tax compliance

IRS Enforcement Efforts Stepped Up

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on 11/16/09 8:30 AM

The IRS's 2010 budget request includes an increase of approximately $300 million above its 2009 appropriations for enforcement. Conventional wisdom says that IRS compliance activities recoup $5 for every $1 spent. Historically, IRS enforcement efforts step up in times of budgetary crisis. The efforts target closing the "tax gap" - the difference between taxes owed and taxes paid. The "nanny tax gap" is estimated to be more than $5 billion per year and possibly as much as $20B.

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Topics: payroll tax enforcement

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