Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Attn: Nannies, Nanny / Employer Communication Survey

My name is Liz Ramus and I am a current nanny and junior at Carroll College in Waukesha Wisconsin. This summer under a undergraduate research program entitled, The Pioneer Scholar, I have chosen to look into the communication between child care providers and adults. Since this area of communication has not been researched I have chosen to start with the nanny population of the US. For this study we are focusing on the nanny's perspective of the communication between themselves and their employers/family.

Nannies, please visit the website at to take the online survey. The survey will take a maximum 10-15min to complete and is only available until June 30. The information submitted is 100% confidential and anonymous and will not be shared with your agency or current family.

Those who participate in the survey are eligible for one of five $30 Visa Gift Cards. Information to submit contact information is available at the end of the survey and will not in any way be attached to your survey responses. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Summer Nanny / Temp Nanny Payroll Tax Obligations

Q: I have been asked to be a nanny for a young family. They would like to pay me in cash. This is a temporary position. Do I need to report this on my taxes?

A: Household employment law states that a nanny, even a temporary one, is a household employee. You are the employee of the family you work for and if you earn $1500 or more while working for them, they are required to withhold your federal and state taxes and report them to the state and the IRS on your behalf. And you are always required to report all wages you earn on your annual income tax returns each year. Unfortunately, there are no positions exempt from reporting income on annual tax returns. For additional details, please feel free to give us a call and visit our website.

Hope this helps.

Stephanie Breedlove
Nanny Tax and Payroll Expert
Breedlove & Associates, LP
888-273-3356 phone
512-347-9331 fax

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

INA Names Mother of Four “Nanny of the Year”

Arlington, VA – Christy Ochs is not your typical nanny. She is the mother of four who took an unusual path to becoming a nanny, a professional caregiver who is a genuine advocate for children, and she represents a positive role model for the in-home child care industry and the International Nanny Association (INA). On May 18, INA awarded Christy its highest honor, The 2007 Nanny of the Year (NOTY) Award during its 22nd Annual Conference held in Alexandria, Virginia.
When Christy turned 49, she decided her child rearing days were not easily left behind—even though she had already reared four children, one with downs syndrome, and two step children. “I chose to be a nanny because the idea of doing for the parents what I would have loved to have had done for me as a young parent was very appealing. I loved the idea of not only providing a secure and loving environment for their children, but also taking some of the daily pressure off of their shoulders by doing their laundry, straightening up the house and helping the children with their school assignment.”

Christy is now working with her third family and cares for three-year-old Hawk who attended the conference with his mother. During the award ceremony, he presented flowers to Christy. “My boss, Jill, nominated me for the NOTY. I was so honored and touched to have been nominated, especially by my employer. Lot’s of people go through their entire working lives without feeling appreciated. I can't tell you how much this nomination meant to me. Every time my little charges say "I love you Nana!" I feel like Nanny of the Year.”

What does it take to be INA’s Nanny of the Year? Officially, it takes at least five years of professional nanny experience; an education in the field of child care; a nomination from a nanny recruiting agency or employer; and several references. Unofficially, it takes a lot of love and patience.

Christy is the founder/moderator of the Denver Area Nanny Association. She has been a member of INA since 2001, and is also a member of NANC (spell out) and Nanny Support Group Leaders. She was inspired to start the Denver Area Nanny Association in 2003 after attending her first INA conference. Now with 28 local members, the group arranges play dates, nanny dinners and coffee gatherings, and organizes and participates in CPR/First Aid training for nannies.

INA is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1985. It is an educational association for nannies and those who educate, place, employ, and support professional in-home child care providers. Membership is open to those who are directly involved with the in-home child care profession including nannies, nanny employers, nanny placement agency owners, nanny educators, and providers of special services related to the nanny profession.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Bob King, esq. founder of Legally Nanny® joins 4EverythingNanny's panel of industry experts

We're excited to welcome Bob King to our team of esteemed industry experts. Bob is an attorney and founder of Legally Nanny®, a company that provides legal and tax advice to household employers and domestic employment agencies. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, studied at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, on a Rotary International Fellowship, and received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Bob founded Legally Nanny in 2003. Legally Nanny ( assists domestic employers with a wide variety of household legal and tax issues, including payroll; drafting employment, confidentiality and severance agreements; and calculating and preparing back taxes and reports. The firm also defends employers who are facing audits, investigations, and lawsuits from governmental entities as well as nannies. In addition, Legally Nanny assists domestic employment agencies with business, dispute resolution, and labor & employment legal matters.

Bob will be answering questions from our visitors on legal matters concerning household employment and employment taxes.

4EverythingNanny has been offering free advice to visitors since 1999. Over the years we have fielded hundreds of nanny employment related inquiries. Our panel of experts include professional nannies, accountants, agency owners, and attorneys. No matter the question, our team is able to offer sound, reliable advice, for Free. To submit a question to one of our experts, click here: