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Do You Have a Household Employee?

Defining Household Employees 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: Nannies Babysitters (with some exceptions) Eldercare providers or elder caregivers Private nurses Health aides Housekeepers or house cleaners (but not independent cleaning companies) Drivers or chauffeurs [...]

By |2019-10-01T16:18:42+00:00January 14th, 2019|Hiring|0 Comments

Is NannyPay Worth It?

Managing your Home Employees Payroll and Taxes 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 [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:04:44+00:00January 7th, 2019|NannyPay|0 Comments

How to Pay Your Nanny Taxes

Paying 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 [...]

By |2019-10-01T16:32:00+00:00December 31st, 2018|NannyPay|0 Comments

Gifting NannyPay?

NannyPay is the Gift that Keeps Giving  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 [...]

By |2019-10-01T16:06:01+00:00December 19th, 2018|NannyPay|0 Comments

Tips For Holiday Planning With Your Nanny

Planning for the Holiday's - Don't forget the 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 [...]

By |2019-10-01T16:16:52+00:00December 10th, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

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

Nanny Pay and Taxes 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 [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:12:13+00:00November 16th, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

Understand The Nanny Tax

Implications of 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 [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:38:01+00:00October 17th, 2018|Tax Reminders|0 Comments

Social Media Guidelines for Your Nanny

Setting up the Social Media Guidelines When you're hiring a nanny, social media may not be the first thing on your mind. However, it should certainly be high on the list of things that you consider as you lay out the policies and procedures that you expect your new employee to abide by. Social media has become a large part of our lives, and will likely continue to be so. This means that you'll need to think about how your nanny's online sharing interacts with your family's day-to-day life, and how much you are comfortable with them sharing space on [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:27:35+00:00October 11th, 2018|Tips|0 Comments

Interview Questions for Hiring a Nanny

Asking the Right Interview Questions of your Nanny Candidates As you search for a nanny that’s the right fit for your family, it’s important to have a solid set of interview questions on hand. These questions can help you learn more information about the individuals that you’re interviewing to determine if they’re a good fit for your family while  filtering out candidates that are not. As you interview caregivers, consider the following ideas for questions: How Do You Keep Up with Professional Development? Ask your potential nanny how they keep up with their professional development. This is a key part [...]

By |2019-10-01T16:33:30+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Hiring|0 Comments

Fall Activities for Your Children

Family Fun for the Fall As fall arrives and seasons change, it's time to begin to think about planning activities for your children to enjoy. Working parents will find that it makes sense to schedule events for your child to enjoy both with you and with their caregiver, so that no matter what their daily routine, there's something special for the season that they can enjoy. If you're coming up short for ideas for autumn activities, consider the following: Bake Autumn Themed Treats One enjoyable part of the fall season approaching is preparing to enjoy autumn themed treats with your [...]

By |2019-10-01T15:54:05+00:00September 22nd, 2018|For Kids|0 Comments
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