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If you hired someone to do household work and you were able to control what work he or she did and how he or she did it, you had a household employee. This is true even if you gave the employee freedom of action.

You must file Schedule H Household Employment Taxes if you answer "Yes" to any of the following questions:

  • Did you pay any one household employee cash wages of $2,100 or more in the tax year? (excluding your spouse, your child under age 21, your parent, or anyone under age 18)
  • Did you withhold federal income tax during the tax year for any household employee?
  • Did you pay total cash wages of $1,000 or more in any calendar quarter of the current tax year or the prior tax year to all household employees? (excluding your spouse, your child under age 21, or your parent)

Household work is work done in or around your home. Some examples of workers who do household work include the following. See IRS Instructions for Schedule H Household Employment Taxes, on page H-3 for more information.

  • Babysitters
  • Butlers
  • Caretakers
  • Cleaning people
  • Cooks
  • Drivers
  • Health aides
  • Housekeepers
  • Maids
  • Nannies
  • Private nurses
  • Yard workers

To enter the data for Schedule H for Household Employment Taxes into TaxAct®:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Taxes in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Taxes for household employees.
  3. Click Yes, then continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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