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What happens if in-home care workers do not pay taxes?

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This is a difficult topic, paying taxes for in-home care workers, and one that full employment home care agencies fight in many ways. In Florida the state association for home See also:
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care even supports this registry model. In California there is a classification for domestic referral agencies that is condoned by the state as well. The National Private Duty Association has taken a hard stand and required that its members employ their aides. But you are correct: if no one is paying/matching taxes, providing workers' compensation insurance and paying into Unemployment, then there are potential liabilities that your parents could face. However, the movement to use "independent contractors" to staff in-home care is gaining in momentum because of the expense to the business (and the client) of providing the legally required coverages. There is even national movement to expand the use of independent contractors to provide care for the disabled and aged so agencies can be bypassed because of the price difference. That price difference between hiring an independent contractor and one who is supervised, monitored, bonded, insured and legally covered should be recognized as a price of doing business correctly and providing safe care. You can ask the agency to keep the current staff and to find a way to employ them. Your cost would be more, but the agency should have the ability to do that, as I guarantee you that some of their administrative staff is employed and so they can add in your parents' caregivers to that group. Or, you can employ them yourself and use a 3rd party to assist in paying the taxes. www.breedlove-online.com is a private business that provides this service in the nanny world, but your accountant should also be able to help You can ask the agency to keep the current staff and to find a way to employ them. Your cost would be more, but the agency should have the ability to do that, as I guarantee you that some of their administrative staff is employed and so they can add in your parents' caregivers to that group. Or, you can employ them yourself and use a 3rd party to assist in paying the taxes. www.breedlove-online.com is a private business that provides this service in the nanny world, but your accountant should also be able to help

 

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2ndDaughter answered...

Is it the caregiver's responsibility to claim her pay on her taxes? Or do the elderly who hired the caregiver in home responsible for paying the taxes. Can you make someone file their pay????

 

 
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