If you have a household employee, you may need to pay state and federal employment taxes. Which forms do you need to file for your household employees? Is your maid, housekeeper, or babysitter covered by the rules? This Guide provides the answers to these and other questions.

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This Financial Guide will help you decide whether you have a "household employee," as defined by the IRS, and, if you do, whether you need to pay federal employment taxes. It explains the rules for determining, paying, and reporting Social Security tax, Medicare tax, federal unemployment tax, federal income tax withholding, and state unemployment tax for your household employee. It also explains what records you need to keep. In addition, it provides you with the information you need to find out whether you need to pay state unemployment tax for your household employee.

While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of stiff tax penalties.

As you can see, these rules are quite complex, even for such a relatively minor employee, and a mistake can bring on tax headaches. Therefore, professional tax guidance is highly recommended.

A basic familiarity with these rules, as discussed in this Financial Guide, will make it easier to work with your tax advisor, saving time, reducing tax costs and avoiding tax penalties and interest charges.


Who is a Household Employee?

The "nanny tax" rules apply to you only if (1) you pay someone for household work and (2) that worker is your employee.

  1. Household work is work done in or around your home by baby sitters, nannies, health aides, private nurses, maids, caretakers, yard workers, and similar domestic workers.
  2. A household worker is your employee if you can control not only what work is done, but how it is done. If the worker is your employee, it does not matter whether the work is full time or part time, or that you hired the worker through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. It also does not matter whether you pay the worker on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, or by the job. On the other hand, if only the worker can control how the work is done, the worker is not your employee, but is self-employed. A self-employed worker usually provides his or her own tools and offers services to the general public in an independent business. If an agency provides the worker and controls what work is done and how it is done, the worker is not your employee.

Example Example: You pay Betty to baby sit your child and do light housework four days a week in your home. Betty follows your specific instructions about household and child care duties. You provide the household equipment and supplies that Betty needs to do her work. Betty is your household employee.

Example Example: You pay John to care for your lawn. John also offers lawn care services to other homeowners in your neighborhood. He provides his own tools and supplies, and he hires and pays any helpers he needs. Neither John nor his helpers are your household employees.

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Can Your Employee Legally Work in the United States?

It is unlawful for you to knowingly hire or continue to employ an alien who cannot legally work in the United States.

When you hire a household employee to work for you on a regular basis, he or she must complete the employee part of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. You must verify that the employee is either a U.S. citizen or an alien who can legally work and then complete the employer part of the form. Keep the completed form for your records.

Two copies of Form I-9 are contained in the INS Handbook for Employers. Call the INS at 1- 800-755-0777 to order the handbook or additional copies of the form or to get more information.

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Do You Need to Pay Employment Taxes?

If you have a household employee, you may need to withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, or you may need to pay federal unemployment tax, or you may need to do both. To find out, read the table below.

If you:

Then you need to:

Pay cash wages of $1,500 or more in 2007 to any one household employee.

Do not count wages you pay to:

  • Your spouse,
  • Your child under age 21,
  • Your parent, or
  • Any employee under age 18 during 2007.
Withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • The combined taxes are generally 15.3% of cash wages.
  • Your employee's share is 7.65%.

(You can choose to pay the employee's share yourself and not withhold it.)

  • Your share is a matching 7.65%.
Pay total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2006 or 2007 to household employees.

Do not count wages you pay to:

  • Your spouse,
  • Your child under age 21, or
  • Your parent.
Pay federal unemployment tax.
  • The tax is usually 6.2% of cash wages, less a credit for state unemployment tax. Credit is normally 5.4%, so federal tax is normally .8%
  • Wages over $7, 000 a year per employee are not taxed.

Note Note: If neither of the two contingencies applies, you do not need to pay any federal unemployment taxes. But you may still need to pay state unemployment taxes.

You do not need to withhold federal income tax from your household employee's wages. But if your employee asks you to withhold it, you can choose to do so.

Tip Tip: If your household employee cares for your dependent who is under age 13 or your spouse or dependent who is not capable of self care, so that you can work, you may be able to take an income tax credit of up to 30% of your expenses. If you can take the credit, you can include your share of the federal and state employment taxes you pay, as well as the employee's wages, in your qualifying expenses.

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State Unemployment Taxes

You should contact your state unemployment tax agency to find out whether you need to pay state unemployment tax for your household employee. You should also find out whether you need to pay or collect other state employment taxes or carry workers' compensation insurance.

Note Note: If you do not need to pay Social Security, Medicare, or federal unemployment tax and do not choose to withhold federal income tax, the rest of this publication does not apply to you.

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Social Security And Medicare Taxes

Both you and your household employee may owe Social Security and Medicare taxes. The taxes for each of you are 7.65% (6.2% for Social Security tax and 1.45% for Medicare tax) of the employee's Social Security and Medicare wages.

You are responsible for payment of your employee's share of the taxes as well as your own. You can either withhold your employee's share from the employee's wages or pay it from your own funds.

Social Security And Medicare Wages

You figure Social Security and Medicare taxes on the Social Security and Medicare wages you pay. If you pay your household employee cash wages of $1,500 or more in 2007, all cash wages you pay to that employee in 2007 (regardless of when the wages were earned) are Social Security and Medicare wages. If you pay the employee less than $1,500 in cash wages in 2007, none of the wages you pay the employee are Social Security and Medicare wages, and neither you nor your employee will owe Social Security or Medicare tax.

Wages Not Counted

Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as Social Security and Medicare wages:

  1. Your spouse.
  2. Your child who is under age 21.
  3. Your parent.
  4. Note Note: However, you should count wages to your parent if both of the following apply: (a) your child lives with you and is either under age 18 or has a physical or mental condition that requires the personal care of an adult for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter, and (b) you are divorced and have not remarried, or you are a widow or widower, or you are married to and living with a person whose physical or mental condition prevents him or her from caring for your child for at least 4 continuous weeks in a calendar quarter.

  5. An employee who is under age 18 at any time during the year.
  6. Note Note: However, you should count these wages to an employee under 18 if providing household services is the employee's principal occupation. If the employee is a student, providing household services is not considered to be his or her principal occupation.

Also, if your employee's Social Security and Medicare wages reach $97,500 in 2007, do not count any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year as Social Security wages to figure Social Security tax. (But continue to count the employee's cash wages as Medicare wages to figure Medicare tax.)

You figure federal income tax withholding on both cash and non-cash wages (based on their value). However, do not count as wages any of the following items:

  • Meals provided at your home for your convenience.

  • Lodging provided at your home for your convenience and as a condition of employment.

  • Up to $110 a month in 2007 for bus or train tokens (passes) that you give your employee or, in some cases, for cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays to commute to your home by public transit.

  • Up to $215 a month in 2007 to reimburse your employee for the cost of parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home.

Withholding The Employee's Share

You should withhold the employee's share of Social Security and Medicare taxes if you expect to pay your household employee Social Security and Medicare wages of $1,500 or more in 2007. However, if you prefer to pay the employee's share yourself, see "Not Withholding the Employee's Share" in the next section.

You may withhold the employee's share of the taxes even if you are not sure your employee's Social Security and Medicare wages will be $1,500 or more in 2007. If you withhold the taxes but then actually pay the employee less than $1,500 in Social Security and Medicare wages for the year, you should repay the employee.

You pay withheld taxes as part of your regular income tax obligation. You don't deposit them periodicallyósubject to an exception for business owners. See "Payment Options for Business Employers" below.

Withhold 7.65% (6.2% for Social Security tax and 1.45% for Medicare tax) from each payment of Social Security and Medicare wages. Instead of paying this amount to your employee, you will pay it to the IRS with a matching amount for your share of the taxes.

If you make an error by withholding too little, you should withhold additional taxes from a later payment. If you withhold too much, you should repay the employee.

Example Example: You hire a household employee (who is an unrelated individual over age 18) to care for your child and agree to pay cash wages of $100 every Friday. You expect to pay your employee $1,500 or more for the year. You should withhold $7.65 from each $100 wage payment and pay your employee the remaining $92.35. The $7.65 is the sum of $6.20 ($100 x 6.2%) for your employee's share of Social Security tax and $1.45 ($100 x 1.45%) for your employee's share of Medicare tax. You will match the $7.65 you withhold with $7.65 from your own funds when you pay the taxes.

Not Withholding The Employee's Share

If you prefer to pay your employee's Social Security and Medicare taxes from your own funds, you do not have to withhold them from your employee's wages. The Social Security and Medicare taxes you pay to cover your employee's share must be included in the employee's wages for income tax purposes. However, they are not counted as Social Security and Medicare wages or as federal unemployment (FUTA) wages.

Example Example: You hire a household employee (who is an unrelated individual over age 18) to care for your child and agree to pay cash wages of $100 every Friday. You expect to pay your employee $1,500 or more for the year. You decide to pay your employee's share of Social Security and Medicare taxes from your own funds. You pay your employee $100 every Friday without withholding any Social Security or Medicare taxes. For each wage payment you will pay $15.30 when you pay the taxes. This is $7.65 ($6.20 for Social Security tax plus $1.45 for Medicare tax) to cover your employee's share plus a matching $7.65 for your share. For income tax purposes, your employee's wages each payday are $107.65 ($100 plus the $7.65 that you will pay to cover your employee's share of Social Security and Medicare taxes).

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Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax

The federal unemployment tax is part of the federal and state program under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) that pays unemployment compensation to workers who lose their jobs. Like most employers, you may owe both the federal unemployment tax (the FUTA tax) and a state unemployment tax. Or, you may owe only the FUTA tax or only the state unemployment tax. To find out whether you will owe state unemployment tax, contact your state's unemployment tax agency. See the list of state unemployment agencies at the end of this Guide for the address.

The FUTA tax is 6.2% of your employee's FUTA wages. But it is reduced to 0.8% for 2007 if the FUTA wages you pay are not more than the wages that are subject to state unemployment tax, and you pay all the required contributions for 2007 to your state unemployment fund by April 15, 2008.

Warning WARNING: Do not withhold the FUTA tax from your employee's wages. You must pay it from your own funds.

You figure the FUTA tax on the FUTA wages you pay. If you pay cash wages to household employees totaling $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of 2007, the first $7,000 of cash wages you pay to each household employee in 2007 and 2008 is FUTA wages. (A calendar quarter is January through March, April through June, July through September, or October through December.) If your employee's cash wages reach $7,000 during the year, do not figure the FUTA tax on any wages you pay that employee during the rest of the year. For a discussion of "cash wages," see the section on Social Security Wages, above.

If you pay less than $1,000 cash wages in each calendar quarter of 2007, but you had a household employee in 2006, the cash wages you pay in 2007 may still be FUTA wages. They are FUTA wages if the cash wages you paid to household employees in any calendar quarter of 2006 totaled $1,000 or more.

Do not count wages you pay to any of the following individuals as FUTA wages:

  1. Your spouse.

  2. Your child who is under age 21.

  3. Your parent.

Example Example: You hire a household employee (who is not related to you) on January 1, 2007, and agree to pay cash wages of $200 every Friday. During January, February, and March you pay the employee cash wages of $2,600. Because you pay cash wages of $1,000 or more in a calendar quarter of 2007, the first $7,000 of cash wages you pay the employee (or any other employee) in 2007 or 2008 is FUTA wages. The FUTA wages you pay may also be subject to your state's unemployment tax.

During 2007, you pay your household employee cash wages of $10,400. You pay all the required contributions for 2007 to your state unemployment fund by April 15, 2008. Your FUTA tax for 2007 is $56 ($7,000 x 0.8%).

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Do You Need to Withhold Federal Income Tax?

You are not required to withhold federal income tax from wages you pay a household employee. You should withhold federal income tax only if your household employee asks you to withhold it and you agree. The employee must give you a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate.

If you agree to withhold federal income tax, you are responsible for paying it to the IRS.

Wages

You figure federal income tax withholding on both cash and non-cash wages you pay. Measure wages you pay in any form other than cash by the value of the non-cash item.

Do not count as wages any of the following items:

  • Meals provided at your home for your convenience.

  • Lodging provided at your home for your convenience and as a condition of employment.

  • Up to $110 a month in 2007 for bus or train tokens (passes) you give your employee, or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays to commute to your home by public transit.

Up to $215 a month in 2007 for the value of parking you provide your employee at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home.

Paying Tax Without Withholding

Any income tax you pay for your employee without withholding it from the employee's wages must be included in the employee's wages for federal income tax purposes. It is also counted as Social Security and Medicare wages and as federal unemployment (FUTA) wages.

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How Do You Handle The Earned Income Credit?

Certain workers can take the earned income credit (EIC) on their federal income tax return. This credit reduces their tax or allows them to receive a payment from the IRS if they do not owe tax. You may have to make advance payments of part of your household employee's EIC along with the employee's wages. You also may have to give your employee a notice about the EIC.

Advance EIC Payments

You must make advance EIC payments if your employee gives you a properly completed Form W-5, Earned income Credit Advance Payment Certificate. Any advance EIC payments you make reduce the amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes and withheld federal income tax you need to pay to the IRS.

Notice About The EIC

The employee's copy (Copy B) of the IRS 2007 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement has a statement about the EIC on the back.

Tip Tip: If you give your employee that copy by January 31, 2008 (as discussed under Form W-2), you do not have to give the employee any other notice about the EIC.

Otherwise, you must give your household employee a notice about the EIC only if you agree to withhold federal income tax from the employee's wages but the income tax withholding tables show that no tax should be withheld. Even if not required, you are encouraged to give the employee a notice about the EIC if his or her 2007 wages are less than the amount shown in the instructions to 2007 Form W-5.

If you do not give your employee Copy B of the IRS Form W-2, your notice about the EIC can be any of the following:

  • A substitute Form W-2 with the same EIC information on the back of the employee's copy that is on Copy C of the IRS Form W-2,

  • Notice 797, Possible Federal Tax Refund Due to the Earned Income Credit (EIC), or

  • Your own written statement with the same wording as Notice 797.

If you give your employee a substitute Form W-2 on time which lacks the required EIC information, you must give notice about the 2007 EIC to the employee within one week of the date you gave him or her the substitute Form W-2. If Form W-2 is required, but not given on time, you must give the employee notice about 2007 EIC by January 31, 2008. If Form W-2 is not required, you must give your notice to the employee by February 7, 2008.

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How Do You Make Tax Payments?

When you file your 2007 federal income tax return in 2008, attach Schedule H, Household Employment Taxes. Use this Schedule, discussed further below, to figure your household employment taxes. You will add the federal employment taxes on the wages you pay to your household employee in 2007, less any advance earned income credit payments you make to the employee, to your income tax. The amount you owe with your return is due to the IRS by April 15, 2008.

Tip Tip: You can avoid owing tax with your return if you pay enough federal income tax before you file to cover the employment taxes for your household employee, as well as your income tax. If you are employed, you can ask your employer to withhold more federal income tax from your wages in 2007. If you get a pension or annuity, you can ask for more federal income tax withholding from your benefits. Or you can make estimated tax payments for 2007 to the IRS, or increase your payments if you already make them.

Asking For More Federal Income Tax Withholding

If you are employed and want more federal income tax withheld from your wages to cover the employment taxes for your household employee, give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each paycheck on line 6.

If you get a pension or annuity and want more federal income tax withheld to cover the employment taxes for your household employee, give the payer a new Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments (or a similar form provided by the payer). Complete it as before, but show the additional amount you want withheld from each benefit payment on line 3.

Paying Estimated Tax

If you want to make estimated tax payments to cover the employment taxes for your household employee, get Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals. Use its payment vouchers to make your payments. You can pay all of the employment taxes at once or in installments. If you have already made estimated tax payments for 2007, you can increase your remaining payments to cover the employment taxes. Estimated tax payments for 2007 are ordinarily due April 15, June 15, September 15, 2007 and January 15, 2008.

Payment Option For Business Employers

If you own a business as a sole proprietor or your home is on a farm operated for profit, you can choose either of two ways to pay the 2007 federal employment taxes for your household employee. You can pay them with your federal income tax as described above, or you can include them with your federal employment tax deposits or other payments for your business or farm employees.

If you pay the employment taxes for your household employee with business or farm employment taxes, you must report them with those taxes on Form 941 or Form 943 and on Form 940 (or 940-EZ).

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What Forms Must You File?

You must file certain forms to report your household employee's wages and the federal employment taxes for the employee if you pay the employee:

  1. Social Security and Medicare wages,

  2. FUTA wages, or

  3. Wages from which you withhold federal income tax.

The employment tax forms and instructions you need for 2007 will be sent to you automatically in January 2008 if you reported employment taxes for 2006 on Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes.

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

You must include your employer identification number (EIN) on the forms you file for your household employee. An EIN is a 9-digit number issued by the IRS--not the same as a Social Security number.

Tip Tip: You ordinarily will have an EIN if you previously paid taxes for employees, either as a household employer or in a business you own as a sole proprietor, or if you have a Keogh Plan. If you already have an EIN, use that number. If you do not have an EIN, get Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. The instructions for Form SS-4 explain how you can get an EIN immediately by telephone or in about 4 weeks if you apply by mail.

Form W-2

A separate 2007 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, must be filed for each household employee to whom you pay:

  • Social Security and Medicare wages of $1,500 or more, or

  • Wages from which you withhold federal income tax.

You must complete Form W-2 and give Copies B, C, and 2 to your employee by January 31, 2008. You must send Copy A of Form W-2 with Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, to the Social Security Administration by February 28, 2008.

Schedule H

Use Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes, to report the federal employment taxes for your household employee if you pay the employee:

  1. Social Security and Medicare wages of $1,500 or more,

  2. FUTA wages, or

  3. Wages from which you withhold federal income tax.

File Schedule H with your 2007 federal income tax return by April 15, 2008. If you get an extension to file your return, the extension will also apply to your Schedule H.

If you are not required to file a 2007 tax return, you must file Schedule H by itself. See the Schedule H instructions for details.

Business Employment Tax Returns

Do not use Schedule H (Form 1040) if you choose to pay the employment taxes for your household employee with business or farm employment taxes. Instead, include the Social Security, Medicare, and withheld federal income taxes for the employee on the Forms 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return, that you file for your business or on the Form 943, Employer's Annual Tax Return for Agricultural Employees, that you file for your farm. Include the FUTA tax for the employee on your Form 940 (or 940-EZ), Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return.

If you report the employment taxes for your household employee on Form 941 or Form 943, file Form W-2 for the employee with the Forms W-2 and Form W-3 for your business or farm employees.

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What Records Must You Keep?

Keep your copies of Schedule H or other employment tax forms you file and related Forms W-2, W-3, W-4, and W-5. You must also keep records to support the information you enter on the forms you file. If you are required to file Form W-2, you will need to keep a record of your employee's name, address, and Social Security number.

Wage And Tax Records

On each payday you should record the date and amounts of:

  • Your employee's cash and non-cash wages,

  • Any employee Social Security tax you withhold or agree to pay for your employee,

  • Any employee Medicare tax you withhold or agree to pay for your employee,

  • Any federal income tax you withhold,

  • Any advance EIC payments you make, and

  • Any state employment taxes you withhold.

Employee's Social Security Number

You must keep a record of your employee's name and Social Security number exactly as they appear on his or her Social Security card if you pay the employee:

  • Social Security and Medicare wages, or

  • Wages from which you withhold federal income tax.

You must ask for your employee's Social Security number no later than the first day on which you pay the wages. You may wish to ask for it when you hire your employee.

An employee who does not have a Social Security number must apply for one on Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. An employee who has lost his or her Social Security card or whose name is not correctly shown on the card should apply for a new card. Employees may get Form SS-5 from any Social Security Administration office or by calling l-800-772-1213.

How Long To Keep Records

Keep your employment tax records for at least four years after the due date of the return on which you report the taxes or the date the taxes were paid, whichever is later.

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State Unemployment Tax Agencies

Alabama
Department of Industrial Relations
649 Monroe St.
Montgomery, AL 36131
(334) 242-8467
Alaska
Department of Labor
PO Box 25509
Juneau, AK 99802-5509
(907) 465-5912
Arizona
Department of Economic Security
2801 North 33rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 255-4755
Arkansas
Employment Security Division
PO Box 2981
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 682-3253
California
Employment Development Department, MIC-90
PO Box 942880
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001
(916) 653-1528
Colorado
Department of Labor and Employment
1515 Arapahoe, Tower 2, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202-2117
(303) 603-8235
Connecticut
Employment Security Division Labor Department
200 Folley Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109-1114
(860) 566-2124
Delaware
Department of Labor Division of Unemployment Insurance
4425 North Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19809-0950
(302) 761-8353
District of Columbia
Department of Employment Services
500 C Street, NW, Room 501,
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 724-7462
Florida
Department of Labor and Employment Security
102 Caldwell Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0211
(904) 921-3108
Georgia
Department of Labor
148 International Blvd., Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 656-4309
Hawaii
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl Street, Rm. 437
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-8927
Idaho
Department of Employment
317 Main Street
Boise, ID 83735-0760
(208) 334-6385
Illinois
Bureau of Employment Security
401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 793-1918
Indiana
Department of Workforce Development
10 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-7698
Iowa
Workforce Development
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-8200
Indiana
Department of Workforce Development
10 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-7698
Kansas
Department of Human Resources
401 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 296-5026
Kentucky
Division of Unemployment Insurance
PO Box 948
Frankfort, KY 40602
(502)564-6838
Philadelphia
Office of Employment Security
PO Box 98146
Baton Rouge, PA 70804
(504) 342-2992
Maine
Department of Labor
PO Box 309
Augusta, ME 04332-0309
(207) 287-1239
Maryland
Office of Unemployment Insurance
1100 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-2488
Massachusetts
Department of Employment and Training
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 727-5054
Michigan
Employment Security Division
7310 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 876-5131
Minnesota
Department of Economic Security
390 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(612) 296-3736
Mississippi
Employment Security Commission
PO Box 22781
Jackson, MS 39225-2781
(601) 961-7755
Missouri
Division of Employment Security
PO Box 59
Jefferson City, MO 65104
(573) 751-3328
Montana
Unemployment Insurance Division
PO Box 1728
Helena, MT 59624
(406) 444-2747
Nebraska
Department of Labor
PO Box 94600
State House Station Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-9839
New Hampshire
Department of Employment Security
32 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-3311 (ext. 270)
New Jersey
New Jersey State Employment & Training Commission
P.O. Box 940
Trenton, NJ 08625-0940
New Mexico
Department of Labor
PO Box 2281
Albuquerque, NM 87103
(505) 841-8568
New York
Department of Labor
State Campus, Building 12
Room 542
Albany, NY 12240
(518) 457-412
North Carolina
Employment Security Commission
PO Box 26504
Raleigh, NC 27611
(919) 733-7395
North Dakota
Job Service of North Dakota
PO Box 5507
Bismarck, ND 58506-5507
(701) 328-2814
Ohio
Bureau of Employment Services
PO Box 923
Columbus, OH 43216
(614) 466-2319
Oklahoma
Employment Security Commission
Will Rogers Memorial Office Building
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7135
Oregon
Employment Department
875 Union Street, NE
Salem, OR 97311
(503) 974-1696
Pennsylvania
Department of Labor and Industry
Labor and Industry Building
7th and Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121
(717) 787-2097
Rhode Island
Division of Taxation
One Capital Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5829
(401) 277-3688
South Carolina
Employment Security Commission
PO Box 995
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 737-3070
South Dakota
Department of Employment Security
PO Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402
(605) 626-2312
Tennessee
Department of Employment Security
500 James Robertson Parkway
8th Floor, Davy Crocket Tower
Nashville, TN 37245-3500
(615) 741-2346
Texas
Workforce Commission
101 East 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778
(512) 463-2699
Utah
Department of Employment Security
PO Box 45288
Salt Lake City, UT 84145
(801) 536-7755
Vermont
Department of Employment Security
PO Box 488
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-4242
Virginia
Employment Commission
PO Box 1358
Richmond,VA 23211
(804) 371-6325
Washington
Employment Security Department
PO Box 9046
Olympia,WA 98507-9046
(360) 902-9360
West Virginia
Bureau of Employment Programs
112 California Avenue
Charleston, WV 25305-0112
(304) 558-2675
Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development
PO Box 7942 - GEF 1
Madison, WI 53702
(608) 266-3177
Wyoming
Department of Employment
PO Box 2760
Casper, WY 82606
(307) 235-3201

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Household Employers Checklist

You may need to do the following things when you have a household employee: When you hire a household employee:

  • Find out if the person can legally work in the United States.
  • Find out if you need to pay state taxes.

When you pay your household employee:

  • Withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes.
  • Withhold federal income tax.
  • Make advance payments of the earned income credit.
  • Decide how you will make tax payments.
  • Keep records.

By January 31, 2008:

  • Get an employer identification number, if needed.
  • Give your employee Copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.

By February 28, 2008:

  • Send Copy A of Form W-2 to the Social Security Administration.

By April 15, 2008:

  • File Schedule H (Form 1040), Household Employment Taxes, with your tax return.

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