A Professional Service is the Right Choice
We have been exploring the differences, pros and cons of hiring a professional cleaning service as opposed to an individual. In my last two posts, I discussed theft and injury. Now we need to talk about the really big reason to hire a service: social security.
You Should Be Filing Quarterly Tax Statements
So Gloria is your housecleaner. You pay her each week. Did you know that you are required by law to file quarterly income tax statement W2 and to withhold FICA, federal, state and local taxes from each pay check? I know it’s unlikely that the IRS will come knocking at your door if you pay Gloria under the table. Lots (most) people do.
The IRS Comes Knocking
Why you? Why would that happen? As a matter of fact, Gloria worked for you for ten years, but left your employment 15 years ago. She just turned 65 and has gone to the Social Security Administration to apply for her benefits. But they have no record of Gloria working. She explains that she worked for you (and others) for many years. She never worked for an employer who reported her income. YOU will be on the hook for her back FICA etc. It could be a long, drawn out, expensive experience.
Hire a Professional
It’s so much easier to hire a PROFESSIONAL service which does everything above board. It doesn’t pay to cut corners just to (seemingly) save a few bucks. Let the service pay for workers comp insurance and bonding and licensing and social security. Let the professionals do their job. They will interview, background check, drug test the candidates. The professional company will train the employee. Let them keep up with the latest cleaning techniques. Let them clean your home properly with the least hassle for you!
When you decide it’s time to hire a cleaning service that will take care of all your concerns as well as leave your home sparkling, call Custom Maid at 499-8568.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in October 2013. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.