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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

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

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

Tips to negotiating fair pay rates and benefits with nannies

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jun 4, 2019 3:32:00 PM

If you have decided to hire a household employee, you may be researching the details involved. One of the most important things you will have to do is negotiate a fair wage and understand the taxes and benefits involved with adding someone to the payroll each month. Here are some tips on how to negotiate pay rates and benefits.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

Importance of Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 14, 2019 3:55:00 PM

If you employ someone to work in your home such as a nanny or a housekeeper, they are your employee and you are required to treat them as such. As an employer, you are legally required to ensure that their workplace is safe. Unfortunately, accidents happen sometimes, and you will need to be prepared. Having a worker’s compensation policy in place will ensure that your employee will be compensated for any medical care that is needed, including rehabilitation and/or lost wages due to an injury or medical procedure that happened while they were on the job. In addition, your worker’s compensation insurance will help protect you from lawsuits that could happen as a result of an accident at the workplace. Here are some additional reasons that show the importance of worker’s compensation insurance.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Do You Have to Pay Your Nanny or Senior Caregiver Overtime?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on May 7, 2019 3:47:00 PM

Do you have to pay your nanny or senior caregiver overtime? Overtime is a topic that many people are confused about, and we get a lot of questions surrounding it, too. Most  household employees work more than 40-hours a week, a necessity if their employers are going to be free to work their own full time job. Household employees are hourly workers under Federal law, and most caregivers who come and go are entitled to an overtime differential of 1.5 times their regular hourly rate of pay . Even if your employee has agreed to not be paid overtime, you will still need to factor overtime into their weekly rate of pay. Why? It’s the law and you will be held to that standard if there is ever a wage dispute. Here’s an example to help you figure out what is required on your end.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Questions Now that Your Tax Return is Done

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Now that your filing is done you may have some questions. Here are some common ones and their answers.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

The W-4 Form and Why It’s Important

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 16, 2019 4:01:00 PM

If you’ve just completed your tax return and you have realized that you have claimed too much or too little, it may be time to reevaluate your W-4 form. Here is why the W-4 form is so important: the W-4 is completed by you as the employee and tells your employer how much of your gross earnings need to be deducted from your paycheck for taxes.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Common household employer mistakes that can have big consequences

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Apr 9, 2019 4:04:00 PM

If you have a nanny or senior caretaker working in your home, you are officially an employer and should be adhering to rules that apply to household employers. However, there are many mistakes that can be made, either intentionally or not, that could have big consequences. Here are some common mistakes household employers make that can have big consequences and how you can avoid them.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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