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When do I become a household employer?

If you control your household employees’ schedules, what they do, how they do it, and their wages, the IRS regards them as your (W-2) employees. This includes home health aides, personal assistants, nannies, housekeepers, maids, chefs, gardeners, and various others working in or around your home.

By contrast, if you hire caregivers through a home care agency, you may pay a lot more, but they are treated as the agency’s employees, not yours.

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