Holiday time is approaching and you may be considering offering your nanny or other household employee a cash bonus. You have two options (aside from just giving her the cash), either cut your employee a separate bonus check or include it with their regular payroll. Here's how to pay your bonus using NannyPay2 for each scenario. Scenario 1: You want to give your employee a separate bonus check. Step 1: Make sure you are using the the most recent version of NannyPay2. If you are unsure, click "Check for Updates" under the "NannyPay2" menu (Mac) or the "Help" menu (Windows). [...]
Are you thinking of providing a gift to your household employee for Thanksgiving? Autumn table setting with pumpkins. Thanksgiving dinner and autumn decoration. If so, you are not alone. A recent survey of employers revealed that upwards of 26% of employers will provide some form of Thanksgiving gift this year to their employees, an historically high percentage. But is that gift taxable? In general, under IRS guidelines, if the value and frequency with which the gift or benefit is provided is so small as to make accounting for it unreasonable or impractical, it’s not taxable. This is what [...]
District of Columbia employers should note that the unemployment taxable wage base will be $9,000, effective December 1, 2016. Many other states are likewise raising their UC wage bases for tax year 2016. NannyPay customers should remember to change the UC settings in the software to reflect these changes before the first pay period in 2016 to insure their withholdings are correct.
A recent review of federal court filings as of August, 2015, demonstrates a substantial increase in the number of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) civil filings compared to the same period last year. If the rate continues, it would be the largest number of FLSA civil cases since the fiscal crisis of 2008. Generally speaking, the FLSA requires employers of hourly wage earners, such as nannies, to pay overtime pay to those employees who work more than 40 hours in a week. Household employers who pay “under the table”, incorrectly classify their nannies as independent contractors, or who do not [...]
Most times, household employers run afoul of the law by paying their household help “under the table” and not withholding the proper employment taxes. But by paying your nanny legally, and withholding taxes from her pay, creates a trust relationship between you and the government with regard to those withheld taxes. If you withhold employment taxes, and then fail to pay those taxes over to the government, you likewise face substantial liability as a “responsible person” under federal (and most states’) tax laws. In US v. Hastings (W.D. Mo. 2015), a bookkeeper for a small business who willfully failed to [...]