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Who Has Time to Be Sick? - Understanding and Administering Legally Required Sick Time

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 21, 2020 3:45:00 PM

Getting sick can really throw busy families a curveball. It can get especially difficult if your family caregiver is sick. No one has time to get sick, but unfortunately, it does happen. Here are some of the important must-knows about understanding the legal parameters of giving your nanny or senior caregiver designated sick time.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior

The Business Case for Outsourcing Household Payroll

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 14, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Household employee payroll is a legal imperative, as well as the right way to treat your valued household employee. Although it is necessary, it is often a headache and a hassle. You can combat the hassles of household payroll by outsourcing to specialists. There are a number of benefits to outsourcing household your payroll needs, including the five listed below.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Protect Yourself from Allegations of Wrongful Household Employment Practices

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 7, 2020 4:01:00 PM

When you hire a nanny, senior caregiver, or other household staff, you immediately become an employer subject to all tax and labor laws in force. Unfortunately, the intimacy of the relationship can often induce the parties to cross legal boundaries, and these actions can eventually get the family into hot water.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

2020 Household Employment Coming Changes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 30, 2019 3:46:00 AM

Updated 31 December 2019

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a "what's new or changed" roundup of 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 and issue employees W-2 forms. This threshold will increase to $2200 for 2020, the first increase in 3 years.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Understanding senior care payroll deductions

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 3, 2019 4:17:00 PM

Today's families want to assist their aging loved ones to safely age in place, and increasingly hiring senior caregivers to provide care and support is the ideal solution.  There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about the relationship with the caregiver and their payroll deductions. Many people think that their caregiver is not an actual “employee” and that they can just pay them in cash and call it good. Hiring a caregiver, for your aging loved one, whether they are an live-in caregiver, or one that works a set number of hours per day, means that you will need to understand the importance of senior care payroll deductions. Here are some must-knows about paying your senior caregiver.

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Topics: senior, CPA

Creating your Caregiver Team

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 26, 2019 4:00:00 PM

At some point, your aging parents will need help that you cannot provide. Whether it’s a full-time person to live with them that provides meals and administers medication, or someone that stops in daily to provide basic caregiving, a senior caregiver plays an important role helping mom or dad stay healthy and as independent as possible in their own home.

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Topics: senior

Philadelphia Enacts Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 14, 2019 2:38:59 PM

The City of Philadelphia joins 10 states and two other cities with legislation known as a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. This legislation is part of a decade long community level movement nationwide to establish basic worker protections to the growing domestic services industry. While the numbers of nannies and housekeepers remains stable, the in-home senior care component of the domestic services field continues to experience vigorous growth as aging baby boomers overwhelmingly prefer to "age in place," therefore requiring senior caregivers to help them remain safe and independent.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

New Tax Advantaged Health Insurance Options for Household Employees

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 29, 2019 4:00:00 PM

The health insurance marketplace continues to change, and starting 1 January 2020 employers of nannies, senior caregivers, and other household employees will have a new choice for assisting or supporting their employees with their health insurance and other health care expenses.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

Understanding Unemployment Tax

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 24, 2019 10:00:00 AM

All employers in the U.S. have to pay unemployment tax. There are two versions – Federal and State. Federal unemployment tax (FUTA) is charged at a rate of 6% on the first $7000 in wages paid to an employee, in most cases though that rate is decreased to 0.6% (explained more below). State unemployment tax (SUTA) is handled in a similar way but each state controls their own rate and wage threshold.

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Topics: nanny, agency, senior, CPA

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

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