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How To Use Small Size Appliances – Tips And Strategies For Saving Space at Home

You will be amazed at the number of appliances that are now offered in small, compact versions, if you haven’t shopped for an appliance lately. If your space is small, you will find these compact appliances very useful; however, even if you have spacious quarters, you may benefit by using them. These appliances may be smaller in size, but they don’t compromise on power or useful features. In this article, we will talk about some compact appliances and how they can help you have more free areas in your home or apartment.

Anyone that is dealing with limited space at their home or apartment, really doesn’t need a vacuum that’s big. You should really look into the most compact models available, even if they are not heavy-duty varieties. A great choice for this is the Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum. It’s only 5 pounds, which makes it extremely easy to use. It is very easy to clean your sofas and carpets with this handheld vacuum. It is lightweight and versatile to use everyday.

It’s also useful for cleaning your car seats because of its built-in portability. You get plenty of reach with the 20 foot cord. You can get into the crevices in tight spaces with this vacuum using the crevice tool.

In regard to counter space, coffee makers and espresso machines take up a lot of it. Even though you are having space issues, you want to brew your cup of coffee in the morning. If single cups of coffee are your thing, then the Black & Decker DCM18S Brew’n Go Personal Coffeemaker is probably what you’re looking for.

If you like to bring a single cup of coffee with you in the morning on your morning commute, this works perfectly. As you run out the door, you can grab your travel mug, which will have your cup of coffee in it piping hot ready to drink. This coffeemaker has a permanent filter, so you don’t have to constantly buy paper filters. Even if you want to drink hot chocolate, or have some soup or oatmeal, the Black & Decker Personal Coffeemaker is the perfect complement for these needs.

Dealing with small spaces, like in the kitchen, can be challenging for most people. Small kitchens are terrible for keeping all of your kitchen essentials like pots, pans and appliances that you need. You need to pay attention to the way that you arrange the items in your kitchen to save space even when using small size appliances. Ideally, by installing a pot rack, you can have so much extra space available. You really won’t have a lot of space left, especially if you put your pots and pans in the limited cabinet space that you have. You won’t have a space issue if they are hanging above you. It’s also very convenient to simply reach for the pot that you need rather than having to search for it.

When space is an issue at your apartment, or your home, small size appliances might be what you need to get. Instead of large and bulky appliances, you can now get compact varieties that will save so much space in your home. This applies to vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and washing machines that you use. You can save so much space using small size appliances that we have recommended in this article today.

Tax Considerations when Hiring a Nanny

 

To satisfy the IRS and remain a happy law abiding citizen, you’ll need to assume the role of employer and pay employment taxes (Social Security, Medicare, etc.), report payroll withholdings (taxes, insurance benefits and the like) and of course, make sure that she is legally able to work in the United States.

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Here are a list of quick steps to get started:

Obtain state and federal EIN (Employer Identification Numbers)
You can obtain a federal EIN instantly on-line or you can download the SS-4 form and mail it, or call the IRS. To obtain your state EIN, you’ll need to contact your state government.

Verify Work Eligibility
To verify U.S. work eligibility, you will need to complete an I-9 form and follow the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office’s procedures.

Setup Payroll and Withholding Tracking
You must track the amounts that you pay your nanny and the amounts that you withhold from her pay. You are not required to withhold federal income tax, however your nanny is required to pay federal taxes based on her income. You may choose to withhold though to save your nanny time and possible IRS fines for tax underpayment. If you choose to withhold, you will need your nanny to complete a W-4 form that you must keep in your records. You will use the information provided on the W-4 to calculate the federal withholding amounts. Periodically (usually at the end of each quarter) you must pay to the IRS the amounts you’ve withheld and also file a form 1040ES.

If you pay your nanny more than $1500 (for tax year 2006), you are required to pay social security and Medicare tax. The amount you are required to pay is roughly 15.3% of her gross wages. You may pay the full amount yourself, or you may deduct 50% of the amount from your nanny‘s wages. You’ll pay these taxes on a quarterly basis and at the end of the year, you’ll file a Schedule H to report the amounts.

End of Year Reporting
At the end of each year, you will need to report the wages you’ve paid and any withholding amounts. In most instances, you will file a Schedule H along with your regular 1040 tax return.

You will need to provide your nanny with a W-2 form detailing her gross wages and all withholdings and deductions for the year. You must provide your nanny with her W-2 by January 31st and you’ll need to report the wage information to the IRS by February 28th using a form W-3.

Alternatives
If you’d rather spend time enjoying your free time and let someone else manage your tax payment and filing requirements, there are numerous companies that provide the service to nanny employers, such as PayCycle and Breedlove Associates.

Disclaimer
We’re not tax professionals and this information is provided to help you perform your own due diligence and research related to hiring a nanny. As with all tax matters, we recommend that you consult with a professional tax advisor or Certified Public Accountant.

 

 

 

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