You are not required to withhold federal income tax from wages you pay a household employee. You should withhold federal income tax only if your household employee asks you to withhold it and you agree. The employee must give you a completed Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate.
If you and your employee have agreed to withholding, either of you may end the agreement by letting the other know in writing.
If you agree to withhold federal income tax, you are responsible for paying it to the IRS. Pay the tax as discussed under How Do You Make Tax Payments? on page 8. Also, see What Forms Must You File? on page 8.
Use the income tax withholding tables in Publication 15 (Circular E) to find out how much to withhold. Figure federal income tax withholding on wages before you deduct any amounts for other withheld taxes. Withhold federal income tax from each payment of wages based on the filing status and exemptions shown on your employee's Form W-4. Publication 15 (Circular E) contains detailed instructions. taxmap/pubs/p926-003.htm#en_us_publink100086753
Figure federal income tax withholding on both cash and noncash wages you pay. Measure wages you pay in any form other than cash by the fair market value of the noncash item.
Do not count as wages any of the following items.
- Meals provided to your employee at your home for your convenience.
- Lodging provided to your employee at your home for your convenience and as a condition of employment.
- Up to $230 per month for 2010 for transit passes you give your employee (or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays for transit passes used to commute to your home if you qualify for this exclusion). A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to ride on mass transit, such as a bus or train. See Publication 15-B for special requirements for this exclusion.
- Up to $230 per month for 2010 for the value of parking you provide your employee or for any cash reimbursement you make for the amount your employee pays and substantiates for parking at or near your home or at or near a location from which your employee commutes to your home.
See Publication 15 (Circular E) for more information on cash and noncash wages.taxmap/pubs/p926-003.htm#en_us_publink100086754
Any income tax you pay for your employee without withholding it from the employee's wages must be included in the employee's wages for federal income tax purposes. It also must be included in social security and Medicare wages and in federal unemployment (FUTA) wages.
Worksheet A. Worksheet for Credit for Late Contributions
| 1. ||Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 23|| |
| 2. ||Enter the amount from Schedule H, line 20|| |
| 3. ||Subtract line 2 from line 1. If zero or less, enter -0-|| |
| 4. ||Enter total contributions paid to the state(s) after the Form 1040 due date|| |
| 5. ||Enter the smaller of line 3 or 4|| |
| 6. ||Multiply line 5 by .90 (90%)|| |
| 7. ||Add lines 2 and 6|| |
| 8. ||Enter the smaller of the amount on line 1 or 7 here and on Schedule H, line 24|| |