A good domestic worker can help take care of your children, assist an elderly parent, or keep your household running smoothly. Unfortunately, domestic workers can also make your tax situation more complicated.
As you review your filing requirements for 2013, make sure you don't overlook the so-called "nanny tax." If you have a household employee, you could be liable to pay state and federal payroll taxes.
First, you must determine whether you have a household employee. Generally, this is someone you hire to work in or around your house. It could be a babysitter, nurse, maid, housekeeper, or gardener. It doesn't matter whether they work part-time or full-time, or whether you pay them hourly, weekly, or by the job.