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If they are not an employee you should be giving them a 1099, we have them fill out a W9 for the Taxpayer ID number.

If they are your employee they should fill out a W-4 and you give them a W2


"Change to social security and Medicare wage threshold. The social security and Medicare wage threshold is $1,600 for 2008. This means that if you pay a household employee cash wages of less than $1,600 in 2008, you do not have to report and pay social security and Medicare taxes on that employee's 2008 wages."

Deciding employee stuff...
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=97877,00.h...

On a side note, I would also be concerned about insurance. If the caregiver gets hurt taking care of the parent what insurance is available.

Here in WA if the caregiver is an employee, State Industrial also has to be paid.

Jean
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