How to Pay Your Nanny Properly

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How to Pay Your Nanny Properly

Understanding Your Employer Responsibilities
First, confirm if you’re a household employer. This status applies if you control what work is done and how it
is carried out by someone you pay directly, like a nanny or housekeeper. If you pay $2,700(2024) or more in
wages in a calendar year, you’re likely a household employer with responsibilities for handling certain taxes
and insurance requirements for your employee. Nannies are employees, not independent contractors, in
the eyes of labor and tax authorities. Misclassification can come with big consequences down the road.

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