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I trust Morningside Nannies & their research into their nannies more than any of the other seven agencies we talked with. The checks are reliable and the quality of nannies was superb. The process of finding a nanny was handled quite professionally.Dr. Kim Burgess, Pediatrician
Morningside Nannies was outstanding. The process was stress free and the caliber of applicants was far superior to that of other agencies. Morningside Nannies was thorough in their review and timely presentation of candidates.Susan Sherman, CPA
Compared to other agencies Morningside presented a higher caliber of candidate.Phyllis Epps, Law Professor
Morningside Nannies was far more professional and focused than the other agencies. They listened to my request and responded promptly. I feel very fortunate to have such superb childcare and appreciate the luxury of returning to work with-out worry. Many thanks go to Morningside Nannies for that.Jeremy and Lauren Blachman

What You Need to Know About Nanny Taxes

Any employer who expects to pay more than the annual wage threshold, $1800 for 2012, to a single employee has legal tax obligations. The employee may be a part-time sitter or a full-time nanny. All employers of all domestic workers are subject to the same regulation.

Nanny employers can expect their employer tax obligations to be equivalent to approximately 10% of the nanny’s gross annual salary.


Nanny employers are responsible for withholding and paying Social Security and Medicare taxes (FICA). The employer share of this tax is 7.65% of the employee’s gross wages. The employee’s share of FICA is another 7.65%. You may choose to pay this yourself and not withhold it however submitting payment is the employer’s responsibility.


Nanny employers are responsible for paying the Federal Unemployment Tax Assessment which is based on the nanny’s earnings. This tax caps at less than $45 per year.


Nanny employers are also responsible for state unemployment tax assessments. The tax amounts will vary state to state.

Additional State Taxes

Depending on the state, both nanny employers and nannies may have additional tax responsibilities.

Income Taxes

Nannies are responsible for federal and state income taxes. While employers are not required to withhold and submit the nanny’s federal and state income taxes, doing so is industry best practice and can prevent the nanny from incurring large tax bills or payment penalty fees.

There are significant tax incentives for paying your nanny legally. In fact in many cases, the tax savings might actually exceed the employer’s hare of the taxes. Employers who have access to a dependent care or flexible spending account can save several thousands of dollars per year. Even those who don’t have access to such accounts can take advantage of tax credits for child or dependent care, saving parents $600 to $1200 per year, depending on the number of dependents requiring care.

IRS publication 926, “Household Employer’s Tax Guide,” available at www.irs.gov, provides an in-depth review of household employer tax responsibilities.

For paperwork relief, many parents hire a payroll and tax service. The following industry leaders provide free consultations to clients of Morningside Nannies:

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