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I am hiring a caregiver (she does not work for a company and is doing this on her own) to come to help with my elderly parents. Run errands, clean, cook, ect. I am going to pay her weekly. Do I need to take taxes and social security out of her check each week and then issue her a W2 at the end of the year or is she considered a non employee and I would not withdraw any taxes but issue her a 1099-misc at the end of the year?
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 6 months ago.

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If the caregiver is self employed and offers her services to the public then you are not required to withhold taxes or pay employer taxes. Household workers are your employees if you can control not only the work they do but also how they do it. If this is an individual that does not and would ordinarily not offer her services to the public then she is a household employee. You follow the withholding based on wages paid. You will also need to complete Schedule H when you file your return.

A W2 would be issued.

You do not issue a 1099MISC because you are not paying her for services rendered to a business. This is a personal expense and a 1099MISC is not issued.

How much you direct her work and whether or not she does this as a regular service would determine if she is an employee or not.

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Expert:  Robin D. replied 6 months ago.

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