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What Does a Live-In Nanny Cost?

Learn what the rate for a live-in nanny is and if you can afford it. The answers may surprise you. Many families think that hiring a live-in nanny is out of the question. After all, having someone live in your house is bound to be more expensive than having a nanny... more

11 Exit Interview Questions You Should Always Ask

Learn why your employees are leaving. You’re going to lose employees every now and then -- that much is a given. But don’t let their departures be in vain. Make your exit interviews into something more than a chance to communicate information about benefits and other off-boarding matters. Simply going through... more

7 common tax questions housekeepers have

Cleaning is tough work and, when you're a housekeeper, no one day is the same as the next. When you do something as varied as cleaning houses, even your set rates can change with each job. And when you throw in filing for taxes or charging a tax on... more


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Is there a way to claim taxes on a nanny who has quit working for you?

My nanny quit without notice after letting her know we would need to file taxes. She won't answer my calls. Is there a way to claim the care on taxes without her social?


Time tracking on Care.com: Here’s how it works:

Paying a caregiver via Care.com is now easier than ever. Start by filling out your caregiver’s schedule and letting us know their first day of work. Next, tell us how often you’d like to pay your caregiver (weekly or bi-weekly) and how you’d like to pay them—credit, cash or... more

The Nanny Tax: A Little-Known Tax With Very Real Consequences -- Just Ask These Politicians

Fact: Anyone who's ever employed a caregiver is expected to pay "nanny tax." Here's how you can get on that ASAP. President Donald Trump's cabinet pick for White House budget director owed more that $15,000 in state and federal unemployment taxes after hiring a babysitter for his triplets... more

Day care tax credit: What is it and how can it benefit you?

There are many tax credits and deductions available to parents and families, but one of the most overlooked and beneficial is taking a tax credit toward the money spent for day care. These expenses qualify for the child care tax credit (IRS Form 2441) — formally known as the Child... more

What Is a Part-Time Nanny? And Do You Need One?

Decide if a part-time sitter is right for your family. Whether she has to be fluent in Spanish or cook like an Iron Chef, every family has a list of "must-haves" for their new babysitter or nanny. What many families don't realize, however, is that they're often posting... more