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What do I do about taxes for a home health aide?

User
Sept. 14, 2017

I would like to hire a home health aide for my father who has Alzheimers. But I'm not sure how to manage the payroll and taxes, or what my tax responsibilites even are. Do I have to pay taxes? What forms do I need? How expensive is it?

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User in Greer, SC
Jan. 17, 2015

the answer for cash paid employees is provide ´╗┐the person you are paying with a 1099 form always save your payroll receipts to prove you pay them ...if you don't do this and they file taxes then you will have to pay the taxest that you didn't deduct from them and in some cases you will be audited and fined

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User in Humble, TX
Jan. 12, 2015

Check out IRS publications or Care.com has payroll help

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Aisa in Bowie, MD
Sept. 14, 2017

FORM FOR TAXES IS W2 ND 1099 YOU NEED TO SEE INFORMATION ANY CPA WILL TELL YOU

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You would have to keep track of each pay period, and at the end of the year when you file your taxes submit that. You will then give the caregiver a 10-99 form, they would be working as "self employed"

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As a caregiver experiencing my first job not taxed my employer gives me a form 1099 with no taxes taken out. Its up to me to contact the IRS and make quarterly payments on my own. At the end of the year I received a 1099 misc. income form they filled out and sent to me to use for my taxes. You would probably have to contact your accountant to give you financial credit also.

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User in Plum City, WI
April 24, 2017

I would suggest paying the person cash.

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User in Eatonton, GA
March 4, 2017

You don't have to pay taxes, it's your choice, my last two jobs none wery taking out. If you want to report taxes you caregiver will have to file a1099. Get on irs website about forms you need.

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User in Columbus, GA
Dec. 15, 2016

If you do decide to hire someone, they would be considered a household employee. Use form I9 (employment eligibility verification). You may have withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, Federal taxes or both. What city are you in?

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It is the responsibility of an employer to pay taxes, including payroll taxes, social security taxes and other mandated withholding.I think it will be a bit cheaper for the employer to hire themselves other than agencies because it will be costly.

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the family I am working for, does not take take taxes out of my check. they are not allowed to claim me as a deduction are they?

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User in Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 26, 2016

Try to see the website about taxes. Another way to know is to as an accountant.

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I don't have the idea how to hire or pay the taxes.

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User in Loves Park, IL
March 19, 2015

This would depend. My thoughts on this is to hire a home healthcare aide through an agency, and let them deal with this issue. You won't have to provide anything but the cost of the agency charges, they provide the rest, including any insurance due. The only time you have to provide these things is if you are a private pay to the individual caregiver---this might be the saving grace of paying more for assistance through an agency.

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User in Tampa, FL
March 24, 2015

No you should not be required to pay taxes, the nurse's aid will file a 1080 form during tax season; and at that time she/he themselves will pay taxes out of the money they earned for the year. Care.com actually has an area for the aid to keep track of the yearly taxes to make it easier. Also, as far as the pay for the care that was given, you can go to a local Office Max, or to Walmart even, and get a receipt book. This will help you keep record of the cash that was paid to the aid; or in some cases the transactions can be kept on the balance that is given from your bank. But these are all ways for you, yourself to keep record of payments that were made. It is good to keep track just in case there is a dispute in pay ever, or if you need to look back on days that were worked, ext. But it should be pretty simple. I'm sure the aid could assist you with finding a receipt book to keep for your records as well! Good luck to you, and God Bless! Kristyn E.

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User in Vancouver, WA
June 22, 2015

Correct, Ann. If a caregiver just accepts a cash payment of say $20/hr, and the employer does not take taxes, etc, out, then the caregiver will wind up paying both her portion as well as the employer's portion of taxes. So, if you're going to do that, make sure you up your price to cover your double-dose of taxes, or you could be working for nothing. I checked out the HomePay process mentioned on Care.com. It sounds great. There are other payroll services, too. There's PayrollNW, Express Personnel, and most employment services places offer payroll services for fairly reasonable fees--and they accept all liability for taxes, etc.

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User in Ottawa, IL
May 11, 2015

I believe it is a 1099 form, which is for an independent contractor. However the law is that anyone employing someone in their home HAS to pay taxes as well. It is not the responsibility of the caregiver to pay your taxes, they are only responsible for their own. Also I am not sure that a caregiver can be an independent contractor. I would check this out and Care.com has a payroll company that can let you know.

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Its not up to you to have taxes taken out ,the caregiver should take out from her or his pay and put it away for taxes.

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I got a job through care.com. the people I work for is paying me less that I asked for, because they don't want to take taxes out of my weekly check. so, does that mean they can still use me as a deduction, since they are not taking taxes out? do I have to pay taxes on what I got from them?

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