February 2, 2018
A lot of IHSS providers have noticed that our 2017 W-2s don’t look quite right—or at least don’t look the same as last year. Many of us are concerned that our W-2s contain errors that could cause us big headaches—or cost money—when we file our taxes.
But now we can breathe easier! According to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), there is no epidemic of incorrect W-2s. Instead, your W-2 may look very different than last year because live-in caregivers are able to file a form exempting our caregiver wages from taxes. This change is making many family providers’ W-2s look very different this year.
If you are worried about your W-2, here are a few things you should know:
After getting reports about the W-2 confusion from providers and our union, CDSS has been reviewing each case where a provider is reporting an error on their W-2 and has found no discrepancies.
You can get more information about the live-in provider exemption at: http://www.udwa.org/2016/03/important-tax-update-for-ihss-providers-who-live-with-their-clients-irs-notice-2014-7/
Please note: this material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified tax advisor or accountant. All decisions regarding the tax implications of this information should be made with the consultation of your independent tax advisor.
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