- What are nanny taxes?
- What are the nanny tax deadlines?
- Why should I pay nanny taxes?
- Am I required to pay nanny taxes?
- How much do nanny taxes cost the employer?
- How do I know how much to pay my nanny?
- How can I save money by paying nanny taxes?
- Can the IRS catch me if I haven’t paid nanny taxes?
- When do I pay my nanny taxes?
- Am I required to withhold federal and state income taxes?
- What are unemployment taxes?
- What are the penalties if I file withholding taxes late?
- Do I have to pay my employee overtime?
- I live in New York, do I have to pay my employee each week?
- I have a nanny on a trial basis. When do I have to start paying taxes?
- Can I hire an illegal alien?
- I’m in a nanny share, how do the taxes work?
- I am a nanny, how do I pay my taxes?
- Is Your Household Worker an Employee?
- Why Isn’t My Household Worker an Independent Contractor?
- Why Can’t I Hire My Nanny as an Independent Contractor?
- What Does the Employer Need to do to Pay Nanny Taxes?
- What Do Nannies Need to Provide to Their Family?
- What Are the Risks of Paying Your Nanny “Under the Table”?
- How Much Work Does It Take to Correctly Administer Nanny Taxes?
- What Forms and Payment are Needed to Comply with Nanny Tax Law?
What are nanny taxes?
When you hire someone to work in your home, the government considers you an employer. As an employer you are responsible for paying employment taxes. These employment taxes are commonly known as “nanny taxes” although they don’t only apply to nannies – they apply to anyone working in your home. This includes anyone who works in and/or around your home such as babysitters, caretakers, house cleaning workers, domestic workers, drivers, health aides, housekeepers, maids, nannies, private nurses, and yard workers. According to the IRS, a person is an employee if you’re telling them what they will do and how they will do it, as opposed to an independent contractor that you tell only what results you’re looking for. Families that misclassify their household employee as an independent contractor (by providing a Form 1099 for filing taxes) can be charged with tax evasion.
According to the IRS Household Employer’s Tax Guide, if you pay more than $2,400 annually or $1,000 a quarter to a person working in your home you need to pay employment taxes. This requires a family to withhold Social Security and Medicare and to pay a matching portion. State and federal unemployment insurance taxes may also be due.
There are two components of the “nanny tax”: the employee withholding taxes and the employer contribution. Typically, you’ll withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes and you may also withhold federal, state, and maybe city income taxes from your employee’s pay. As an employer, you’ll pay a matching portion of Social Security and Medicare as well as federal and state unemployment insurance taxes. States differ in their requirements, some don’t have income taxes while other states require additional taxes withheld.
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