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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

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

Expressing Appreciation in the Household Workplace

Posted by Cate Matijevich on Sep 19, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The following is a guest post from professional Nanny, Cate Matijevich. The views in this article are hers alone. 

National Nanny Recognition Week is Sept. 22nd - 28th, a great time to use the advice below!

 

Preface:
A household employee’s role is to fit seamlessly into a private household, perform their duties independently, proactively and often invisibly. It is easy to understand why in the daily hustle and bustle of life, commending a job well done can be overlooked.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

Maternity and Medical Leave, Handling Your Nanny’s Leave of Absence

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 17, 2019 4:33:00 PM

Once you find a wonderful nanny that works well with your family and that your kids love, it is easy to be protective of her and want her to be available all the time. But nannies have lives of their own and many of them want to have their own families. So, it’s important to be prepared for that fact and plan accordingly when your nanny announces that she is pregnant and will want to take maternity leave.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

Are you a household worker who always worked under the table? Can you receive Social Security when you retire?

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 10, 2019 4:18:00 PM

The short answer to this question is maybe.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Traditional IRA Distributions

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Retirement planning is a vital part of financial health. Many people use a Traditional IRA to help ensure a comfortable retirement (you can help your household employee too). Building an IRA during your working life is only half the consideration; you should plan for distributions as well.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Senior Care: Supporting Your Parent’s Caregiver

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Sep 3, 2019 12:00:00 PM

If you have hired a caregiver to help your aging parent with day to day care, you likely know that some days can be more challenging than others. Being a senior caregiver comes with rewards, but it can also be a difficult and stressful job. Supporting your caregiver goes a long way. Here are some tips on how you can support your parent’s caregiver for the long haul.

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Topics: agency, senior

Household Employee Overtime Compensation: When the Schedule Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 20, 2019 4:02:00 PM

Planning a vacation requires putting together a variety of different details: hotels, rental cars, airline tickets, and more. But if you have a loved one that requires caregiving assistance and you will be gone for an extended time and will not be able to check in in-person from day to day, you will also need to plan on getting coverage in your absence. This might mean that the caregiver will be required to step in and be available for 24 hours shifts. Not sure how to calculate for overtime when your caregiver is working those long shifts? We can help.

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Topics: agency, senior, CPA

4 Common Mistakes When Outsourcing Payroll/HR

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

For household employers all the way up to midsize businesses, regulatory changes and administrative tasks can be an uphill battle. If you don’t have the staff to devote to these matters then it makes sense to outsource. The trick then is to do it right. This article touches on a few things to watch out for in the process of selecting a vendor/partner.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

NEW! Income Tax Estimator Tool from the IRS

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Aug 13, 2019 4:00:00 PM

The changes to US Federal tax laws in 2018 created a lot of confusion, and many taxpayers did not realize that they were withholding too much tax or not enough tax until they prepared their 2018 tax returns this spring. Figuring out how much to have deducted from your paycheck has gotten more and more complicated over the years - in fact the Form W-4 will be modified in 2020 and it asks more questions than ever.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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