Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
HomeWork Solutions, Inc. (HWS) today announced its own “Buffett Rule Initiative,” aimed at raising as much as 100 billion in tax revenues in 10 years, twice the additional tax dollars generated by the Buffett Rule, but without requiring any debate or the passage of a single piece of legislation. HWS, the nation’s leading provider of payroll and tax services for household employers is urging all wealthy Americans who employ nannies, housekeepers, home health aides and other household workers to follow employment tax laws.
“The vast majority of high-income Americans employ nannies, housekeepers, maids, home health aides and other household workers but unfortunately do not pay the required employment taxes – Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes – on the wages they pay these workers,” said HomeWork Solutions’ President Kathleen Webb. "We believe that many of these employers agree with Warren Buffett; wealthy Americans can and should contribute more in taxes and help avoid the fiscal cliff.”
Brian Erard, a Ph.D. Economist and recognized authority on tax compliance, reports: “Our preliminary statistical evidence suggests that tax compliance among household employers as a group was only about 25% in 2006. We believe the actual level of compliance is even worse, given the potential flaws in our data because employees have to self-report their earnings, something they might be reluctant to do if they are being paid under the table. ” A 2009 New York Times article “Doing the Right Thing by Paying the Nanny Tax”, estimates that 80-95% of household employers do not pay taxes on their employees. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/your-money/taxes/24money.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)
So what does that mean? In 2009, tax filers reported paying over $1 billion in household employment taxes. (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/09inlinecount.pdf) Based on a conservative estimate of 25% compliance, over $4 billion in employment taxes should have been collected; using the New York Times estimates, the number could be close to $10 billion annually! If Americans step up now, and simply comply with existing tax law as it pertains to their household help, it could result in $50-$100 billion in tax revenue over the next 10 years.
“We’ve created a special program for any American who employs household workers making it easy for them to get started and reduce any late payment penalties,” said Clare Sheridan, HWS’ VP of Marketing.
The “Buffett Rule Initiative” will help people who think they should contribute more to start doing so now - regardless of what Congress decides to do. The program- which runs from today until December 31, 2012 - is as follows:
- HWS will enroll and set up new domestic employers for no charge, a savings of $100.
- HWS will contribute up to $100 to the US or State Treasuries towards any penalties or late payment fees owed by new clients who file prior-year returns as well.
- HWS will offer a $100 fee credit towards 2013 fees to existing clients who make referrals of new clients.
- HWS will provide free telephone consultations with household employers who are unclear about their tax obligations.
“We all know people who agree with Mr. Buffett. These are many of the same people who can begin the process now,” added Sheridan. “Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation that confuses people about this tax obligation. Two weeks ago a research report on household employment was released and received national media coverage. It asserted – incorrectly - that household workers are not legally entitled to minimum wage, overtime and unemployment insurance. The unfortunate truth is that the reason these workers cannot get unemployment benefits is not the law, but the fact that these high income families, most often unwittingly, do not pay the appropriate taxes in the first place.”
To learn more about HWS and “The Buffett Rule Initiative” visit the HWS website at http://www.homeworksolutions.com or call 800.626.4829. You can also email Ms. Webb at Kathy(at)homeworksolutions(dot)net and Ms. Sheridan at Clare(at)homeworksolutions(dot)net.
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HomeWork Solutions, Inc. is a specialty payroll services firm serving the needs of household employers nationwide. Founded in 1993, the firm has 20 years of experience helping families comply with the “nanny taxes” – Federal and state employment taxes due on the wages paid to their household workers. HomeWork Solutions’ clients employ nannies, housekeepers, elder caregivers and other domestic service workers.