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Domestic employment is work performed in a private home, or a chapter of a college fraternity or sorority, as part of the upkeep of the home or chapter, and not on behalf of a home-based business. Generally, work performed in domestic employment includes services performed by nannies, caretakers, companions, housekeepers, gardeners or chauffeurs for family use.
Domestic employees work for individuals or sole proprietors in a home. In some cases, the wages are paid by an entity, such as a trust, formed specifically to pay the domestic employee wages for an individual.
An employer becomes liable to pay unemployment taxes under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act if the employer pays gross wages of $1,000 or more in a calendar quarter for domestic services. Once a domestic employer becomes liable, they must pay state unemployment taxes on all wages paid as of January 1 of that entire year. When you are required to report for the year, you must report all wages even if the wages are less than $1,000 in a quarter.
Register online for a new employer unemployment tax account at Unemployment Tax Registration. The free registration service is quick and easy. When you register online, you will receive a TWC tax account number and confirmation of your registration.
Employers who do not wish to register online can mail in a completed Employer’s Registration Form – Status Report (Form C-1).
Once employers are registered for a TWC unemployment tax account number, there are a few options for reporting wages paid to domestic employees and paying taxes:
Once a domestic employers elects to report and pay annually, domestic employers do not need to resubmit the election form each year as long as they employ only domestic employees. If you wish to stop reporting annually, submit a Domestic Employer’s Revocation Form (Form C-20F) by December 31st for the following year.
Domestic employers who report wages and pay taxes annually can use the online Unemployment Tax Services or mail in the completed Domestic Employer's Annual Report (Form C-3DOM).
If you elect to report annually, you may be required to provide wage information at any time in order to verify unemployment benefit claimant wages.
Last Verified: November 06, 2013
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