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Avoiding Household Employee Injury

A healthy and safe workplace is probably the most important factor contributing to a satisfying work environment.   When it comes to hiring a nanny or other domestic worker, such as an elder caregiver, a healthy workplace is of utmost importance. There are numerous local, state, and federal laws governing a safe and healthy workplace environment, but as a household employer, you can take some additional steps to ensure your workers safety. Here are a few things you can keep in mind to be better prepared in order to avoid a household employee injury: Most Common Workplace Injuries Some people think [...]

By |February 14th, 2019|Tips|0 Comments

Do Nannies Get Snow Days (or other foul weather days)?

Well not in LA or Phoenix! When commuting to work becomes potentially unsafe due to a blizzard or a heavy snow day, a traditional worker could take a paid or unpaid day off, or in some cases, even choose to work from home. Nannies don’t have that luxury. They cannot work from home for obvious reasons and they may not want to take unpaid leave. Also, they may be expected to do everything possible to get to their workplace on a foul weather day so that you (the employer) can get to work. If you already have a snow day [...]

By |February 7th, 2019|Tips|0 Comments

Tax Time: What You Need to Know About Nanny Taxes

If you employ a nanny, eldercare giver, private nurse or other household employee, you likely are required to pay the so-called “Nanny Tax”.  According to the IRS, if you employ someone to do work in or around your home, he or she will be regarded as your household employee if you (the employer) control: The type of work the person performs, and How that person performs his job (the daily instructions you give) If the worker is your employee, and you pay them over a specific wage amount, you are required by federal law to withhold and pay Medicare and [...]

By |January 21st, 2019|Tax Reminders|0 Comments

Do You Have a Household Employee?

A household employee refers to someone who receives wages in return for providing a service within their employer’s residence. According to the IRS, if you control what work is done by the worker and how it is done, that worker will be considered your employee. Work done in or around your residence is considered household work. The following types of workers are typically treated as household employees for employment tax purposes: NanniesBabysitters (with some exceptions)Eldercare providers or elder caregiversPrivate nursesHealth aidesHousekeepers or house cleaners (but not independent cleaning companies)Drivers or chauffeurs ButlersCooksMaidsYard workers (but not independent landscape companies)Other domestic workers [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Hiring|0 Comments

Is NannyPay Worth It?

Did you know that if you have a household employee, in order to do things legitimately, you have to have a payroll system in place to pay tax obligations if you pay your employee more than $2,100 a year (as of 2019.) Having a payroll company do it for you, however, can add on thousands to your costs. But with a little elbow grease and patience, you can actually do this yourself with DIY payroll management software. And that is exactly what Nannypay is – a secure and cost-effective payroll software for calculating taxes for your household employees. If you’re [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|NannyPay|0 Comments

How to Pay Your Nanny Taxes

How To Pay Your Nanny Taxes? Most families are not tax specialists. So when they first hire a household caregiver or nanny, fulfilling the tax requirements of the IRS can seem at first a bit overwhelming.  Nanny payroll services may seem an attractive option at first – until you consider the overall cost. With setup fees and other costs, a payroll service could cost you more than $1,000 the first year alone. But with just a little bit of initial effort, you can learn how to do it yourself, and NannyPay software is here to help. For over twenty years, NannyPay has been helping new household employers understand and comply with the Nanny Tax Laws  – and save money too! Here is a quick primer that will provide you the basics, and which demonstrates “paying by the rules”is really not that difficult to learn or do, particularly if you use NannyPay to help you.  And in fact, there are significant benefits to paying “above the table”: […]

By |December 31st, 2018|NannyPay|0 Comments

Gifting NannyPay?

Here at Essentia we are all software geeks but when we heard about a customer who asked his spouse if she would like a copy of NannyPay for Christmas, we nearly fell off our chairs.  His wife told him, “Don’t you ever, ever consider giving me software as a gift! Go put some thought into it! Remember when you bought me a calculator for my birthday. That didn’t go well, did it?”   Whoa, Ok, we know thinking of the right gift is not easy but maybe your spouse has a point.  A copy of NannyPay is not the most [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|NannyPay|0 Comments

Tips For Holiday Planning With Your Nanny

As the holidays approach, your time becomes more limited while your to-do list grows. Planning your holiday schedule with your nanny now will help your holiday season be more about family and celebration rather than chaos and misunderstanding. Communication is key, especially at this time of year. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started: Communicate in a clear and concise manner. The importance of communication cannot be stressed enough, not only in life but specifically when planning the holidays with your nanny. Be clear and direct about what your needs are so the potential for misunderstandings [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

Why Would Nannies Want to be Paid “Over the Table”?

Nannies can be real lifesavers for the busy working professional, especially when you have to report to your full-time job everyday. There are a lot of things that still need to happen on the homefront, including tending to small children, maintaining your home, food preparation, miscellaneous chores and errands. Life can be extremely busy, which is why having a nanny can prove to be incredibly useful and convenient. In fact, many people choose hiring a nanny over traditional daycare facilities because of all the benefits and convenience. But like any other type of employee, nannies need to be paid for [...]

By |November 16th, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

Understand The Nanny Tax

The “nanny tax” is  a combination of federal payroll taxes that you are required to pay if you hire a household helper, such as a nanny, maid, babysitter, or elder caregiver, and pay them in excess of a certain threshold amount in a tax year. The IRS considers a household helper who works in your home as an employee, and not an independent contractor, which is the reason why the nanny tax needs to be paid by the family that employs household help. Nanny Tax Requirements A person or family that hires a household helper is required to pay the nanny [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|Tax Reminders|0 Comments