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Chelsea - posted on 11/09/2009
Reading Lauree's post brought a thought to mind.... The answer to this question may simply lie in the community that you live in. I live in a fairly affluent area and so it is almost unheard of that nanny taxes aren't taken out. But Lauree may live in an area that doesn't practice this. Probably the best answer to your question is to ask neighboring moms who employ nannies. They will be your best source of advise. Good luck!!
Chelsea - posted on 11/08/2009
I worked as a nanny for 10 years and there isn't really a "standard." Every family is different and has different expectations for their family's nanny. I will say that if the employers pay the taxes, it becomes a more "professional" position and the nanny should reflect that (because she won't accept a position without taxes being taken out). The level of respect and integrity between the parents and nanny skyrockets. The nanny will often have more education and training, social network to provide more educational activities and social interactions with other nannies and their charges. If you are simply looking for a "babysitter", then have the nanny file her own taxes. Unfortuately, the position will become more casual and you must expect less education, structure and professionalism.
Lauree - posted on 11/08/2009
I nannied for 10 years... I never had the employer pay my taxes (that would have been super sweet if they had). My employer actually did something really cool with paying me. Call me and I'll explain it. It is above the table and all... and very crafty too.
I have only heard on rare occasions that the family pays the Nanny taxes. Let me know if you have any questions. Although I claim to be English Teacher Superhero, I can claim nanny superstar. I think you get that title after 10 years. I'm here for help/questions if you have any :)
Betsy - posted on 11/08/2009
In the US, you have the choice to pay the nanny's taxes, plus workman's comp ins and SS, or you could hire someone who is willing to work as a subcontractor and just give them a 1099 annually. That is easier for the parents, but the employee would have to be willing to take responsibility for their own legal obligations.
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