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When you pay at least $2,400 in wages to a household worker, you must do all of the following:

· Deduct Social Security and Medicare taxes from those wages.

· Pay these taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

· Report the wages to Social Security.

Accurate reporting is important as employees earn credits toward Social Security benefits and Medicare coverage. You can currently earn Social Security or Medicare credit for every $1,510 in wages that are reported. Generally, people need 10 years of work to qualify for:

· Retirement benefits (as early as age 62).

· Disability benefits for the worker and the worker’s dependents.

· Survivors benefits for the worker’s family.

· Medicare benefits.

You can learn more about reporting household worker income by reading Household Workers www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10021.pdf.

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