National Push for Nanny Rights Continues in Philadelphia

Continuing a national trend toward improving the labor conditions and wages of nannies, eldercare providers and other household and domestic workers, Philadelphia City Council recently passed a “domestic worker bill of rights”.  The legislation, passed on October 31, 2019, and expected to be signed into law by the mayor shortly, will take effect in May, 2020, and requires among other things that nannies, house cleaners, and other household employees be provided a written agreement expressly outlining the terms of their employment, such as pay rates, work schedules and benefits.  The new law also guarantees that nannies and other in-home workers accrue [...]

By |2022-03-15T17:40:19+00:00November 6th, 2019|NannyPay|0 Comments

NannyPay is an Affordable and Easy Solution for Paying your Nanny

Easy Payroll Solution Keeping track of tax information while employing a nanny may appear at first to be overwhelming; however, paying your nanny taxes and staying legal is very important for protecting you, your family and your nanny and is not as complicated as you may think. If you have a nanny and you pay them at least $2,700 a year*, they are considered a household employee and according to the IRS you are responsible for paying employment taxes on their wages, which includes Social Security and Medicare taxes (commonly known as FICA)  You may also owe state and [...]

By |2024-02-23T20:07:57+00:00October 29th, 2019|NannyPay|0 Comments

Hiring a Nanny for Your Autistic Child

Experienced Nannies for Autistic Children You may feel a little anxious about leaving your autistic child in the care of a nanny.  While this is normal, it is important to remember there are many nannies who have experience working with special needs children who would love to build a special relationship with your child. Knowing what to look for in a nanny and where to find one will help your family find the perfect match, and put your mind at ease.  The National Institute of Health defines Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a developmental disorder that affects communication and [...]

By |2024-02-23T20:19:09+00:00July 18th, 2019|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Using an Agency vs. Independent Caregiver

Hiring Household Employees: Caregiving Agency vs. Independent Caregiver Life has gotten busy, and you’ve determined that your household could really use another set of hands. Whether you’re searching for a nanny, elder caregiver, maid, gardener, or another household employee, there are a couple of ways to go about it. Not sure if you should use an agency to provide additional help or hire somebody directly on your own? Here are some things to think about.  Using an Agency Pros: You’ll save time.  Using an agency will take care of the hiring process for you. Finding a household employee, getting [...]

By |2024-02-23T20:30:29+00:00July 11th, 2019|Hiring, NannyPay|0 Comments

Don’t Go Under by Paying “Under the Table”

Should I Be Paying a Nanny "Under the Table?" After several interviews, you finally find the perfect nanny.  She gets along well with your children, has a flexible schedule that’s a match for your hectic one, and her references are glowing. One catch – when you discuss salary, she asks to be paid “under the table.” Here are a few reasons why you might be tempted to comply with her request and pay her “under the table”:   There would be no need to pay the ‘Nanny Tax’, allowing you to offer a higher salary. Your sought-after nanny may [...]

By |2024-02-23T20:44:43+00:00March 21st, 2019|NannyPay|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 $2,700 a year (as of 2024). Having a payroll company do it for you, however, can add 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 |2024-03-13T16:42:09+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 in 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 [...]

By |2022-10-27T19:05:38+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 |2022-10-27T19:15:21+00:00December 19th, 2018|NannyPay|0 Comments

To or Not To Nanny Cam?

Pros and Cons of Nanny Cam With the ease and availability of installing nanny cameras, it’s easy to say “why not” to installing them when you have a nanny in the house. There are a number of things to consider when doing so. Know the Laws While installing and recording videos in your home is legal in many states, the legality of audio recordings is more limited. Know the laws in your state before you install a Nanny Cam, and be sure not to install them in sensitive areas such as bathrooms where recording would raise significant privacy concerns. [...]

By |2023-08-22T18:14:28+00:00June 19th, 2018|NannyPay, Tips|0 Comments

Do I Owe Federal Taxes?

Federal Tax Withholding's for a Nanny If you are employing a nanny or caregiver and pay them $2,700* or more in a calendar year, you are by definition a “household employer”.  When you hit this threshold there is no option to whether or not you can pay them under the table.  This means, by law, you must pay taxes - period! So the real question becomes, how do you go about properly paying your employee and your taxes?  Required Nanny Tax Withholdings As an employer, you are required to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes. Depending on the state [...]

By |2024-02-23T20:47:16+00:00May 24th, 2018|NannyPay|0 Comments