June Just Got Tastier

National Veggie Day It’s time to eat up! June 17th is National Eat Your Veggies day. What’s a summer BBQ without corn on the cob, a side of potato salad, freshly roasted asparagus and a slice of juicy watermelon? Rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients, research has shown that people who consume fruits and veggies as part of their daily diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases such as heart disease, and are more likely to be protected against certain types of cancers. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories, many are high in [...]

By |2021-08-12T16:46:23+00:00June 13th, 2021|Cooking|0 Comments

Philadelphia’s Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Becomes Effective this Month

Philadelphia’s new Domestic Worker Bill of Rights became effective on May 1, 2020. Domestic workers include nannies, house cleaners, caregivers, and others who provide services in the home.  Philadelphia’s new law, passed on October 31, 2019, 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 paid leave and sick days even if they work for multiple employers.   Although the City was unable to set [...]

By |2020-05-04T18:28:33+00:00May 4th, 2020|Nannies|0 Comments

Lessons Learned During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic disruption, apart from the health challenges that we are still struggling to control. While businesses and employees across different sectors have been badly affected, one of the worst hit segments are the undocumented household workers.  Many families across the country have hired nannies without going through proper documentation to avoid paying the “nanny tax”, immigration laws, and other formalities. Household workers accepted those jobs without considering the unforeseen eventualities such as the coronavirus crisis.  Now thousands of such employers have laid-off their household workers because they are concerned about maintaining social distancing, or [...]

By |2020-04-27T21:11:09+00:00April 27th, 2020|Nanny Tax|0 Comments

Your Nanny and the Global Pandemic

In a recent New York Times article, “What Should You Do About Your Babysitter During Coronavirus?”, the author, Melinda Wenner Moyer, describes the chaos suffered by working parents during the coronavirus lockdown. She raises important questions: If you’re practicing social distancing, is it OK to invite a babysitter into your home? Should you be offering your sitter time off — and if so, should it be paid or unpaid? What if you’re worried that your caregiver might get your family sick? It's only natural to worry about our children, she states, but for reassurance, available statistics demonstrate that the majority [...]

By |2020-03-31T16:25:37+00:00March 31st, 2020|Nannies|0 Comments

2020 Tax Filing Deadline Extension

Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have extended the April 15, 2020, individual federal tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.   Individual taxpayers may also defer payment of up to $1 million of federal income tax due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020 as well, without penalties or interest.   As most household employers report and pay their federal Nanny Taxes by completing Schedule H and attaching it to your Form 1040, this action effectively  gives domestic employers of nannies, [...]

By |2020-03-31T15:20:34+00:00March 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preparing to Hire a Nanny in 2020?

According to a 2016 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 61.1 percent of households with children under 18 (56.3% of children under 6) had two parents who worked.  With over half of American households having two working parents, childcare is in demand.  You’ve considered all of your options, but realizing that you are looking for childcare that is flexible enough to work around your schedule, provides individual attention, and can take on some additional responsibilities, like shuttling your children back and forth from activities, you’ve decided your best option is to hire a nanny.  While hiring a nanny is [...]

By |2019-12-26T15:38:55+00:00December 15th, 2019|Nannies|0 Comments

Foreign Au Pairs in Massachusetts Must be Paid at Least The State Minimum Wage

A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that residents in Massachusetts are required to pay foreign au pairs (such as live-in nannies and maids) at least the state minimum wage, and not the lower  federal minimum wage. With this court ruling, anyone who hires the services of a foreign au pair in Massachusetts will have to pay them a minimum wage of $12 per hour (state minimum) rather than $7.25 per hour (federal minimum).  This ruling came when the federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Culture Care Au Pair of Cambridge, which challenged the state Attorney General Maura Healey’s [...]

By |2019-12-26T15:26:06+00:00December 1st, 2019|Tax FAQ|0 Comments

Hiring a Caregiver For a Loved One

The holidays are almost here, which means you’ll be spending a lot of time with your family, including your aging parents. So, when you are visiting them, you will have an opportunity to see how they are doing in terms of overall health, safety, and quality of life. If you notice any red flags that indicate your elderly loved one is unable to take care of themselves and their surroundings (disheveled clothes, poor hygiene, spoiled food, unpaid bills, etc.), it may be time for some additional assistance. Important Signs that Your Loved One Needs a Caregiver It can be hard [...]

By |2019-12-26T15:29:38+00:00November 15th, 2019|Hiring|0 Comments

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 |2022-01-03T19:20:37+00:00November 6th, 2019|NannyPay|0 Comments

NannyPay is an Affordable and Easy Solution for Paying your Nanny

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 $2,100 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 federal unemployment taxes as [...]

By |2022-01-03T14:39:45+00:00October 29th, 2019|NannyPay|0 Comments