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My wife and I recently hired a cleaning lady. It's likely that she'll be coming to clean our place once every two weeks (appx. 3 hours per visit). I think we'll be paying her about $1500 this year (just above the limit). While finalizing our federal taxes last night, I noticed line 62, household employment taxes. This got me wondering---is our new cleaning lady a household employee? I found pub. 926 and gave it a read. It cleared up some issues, but left me with two questions:

1) Is our cleaning lady a household employee? Though we potentially have control over "what work is done" and "how it is done," she is being hired for a very specific service that is her line of work. Seems closer to the "lawn care" example in 926 than the "babysitter" example.

2) Are we required to determine whether she can legally work in the U.S.? Even if she is not technically a "household employee," do we have any obligation to check her eligibility?

I found a post of Roy's from many years ago indicating that people whom you hire to clean your home can be difficult to classify:

What you REALLY have to worry about is the person who cleans your home (if you have one). They are the people that can be difficult to classify.

I'd greatly appreciate any help in figuring our situation out.

Many thanks!

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