How to file 2020 Au Pair’s income tax?

Au Pairs are required to file U.S. individual tax returns and pay taxes.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers Au Pairs to be an “employee” of the Host Family, even though they are in the United States on a “cultural exchange” visa.  For more information regarding how the IRS classifies Au Pairs and taxes click here

Welcome to use Tax Forms and Instructions to fill the Au Pair’s Tax return.

Au Pairs need to calculate their earnings from January 1 through December 31, 2020 (do not include any earnings from 2019 or 2021) . Using your Au Pair Log or other record of your earnings, add all the weekly stipend amounts that you received from your host family during the calendar year 2020. The standard Au Pair earns a weekly stipend of $195.75. Au Pairs can multiply the number of weeks they have been an Au Pair in the US during 2020 by their weekly stipend.

Then, Au Pairs can use a tax table to find amount they own, pay the taxes by phone, by check or money order, online, or using IRS2GoApp, and mail it to IRS or submit electronically. The due date for filing is APRIL 15, 2021.

Remember that employees of Go Au Pair are not tax professionals and are not able to give advice on filing taxes. If you have any questions on filing your tax return, please read Instructions for Form 1040-NR (2020) which is available in different languages.

Au Pair taxes can be confusing. Go Au Pair has partnered with H&R Block, they are a tax preparation company that can help Au Pairs file your taxes. If the Au Pairs use H&R Block tax filing services they will need to pay a fee to them for this.  For more information on how to use H&R Block’s help click Au Pair Taxes H&R Block

You can use these websites for tax filing purposes you may need to pay a fee.

Turbo Tax

Tax Act

Good luck with your tax return!

Options for Fulfilling Au Pair Education Requirement, spring semester 2021

The Spring semester is only a few weeks away and more students than ever before are turning to blended and online programs to meet their educational needs. During the Au Pair year Au Pairs should complete six semester hours or the equivalent 72 hours (12 credits or 144 hours for Educare program.) The Department of State temporarily accepts the classes from approved Colleges online. Please contact Go Au Pair at educoord@goaupair.com for written approval of this exception.

Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia cluster complete the Au Pair program education requirement by taking classes online. Coursera offers more than 3,800 courses from Yale, Google, Duke, AWS, and more, some classes are free! Also many Au Pairs take classes with EDX.

This year the Spring semester courses are mostly remote & online, and some designated hands-on classes will take place on campus with safety protocols. Check them.

Popular Weekend Classes

Rutgers in New Jersey

SilverBay at College of St. Rose 

Long Island University 

Au Pair Weekend

Cultural Hi-Ways offers the classes at Peirce College 

Learning Across America with tours to many locations  

Auditing Courses

Princeton University

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College

Continuing Education

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College Au Pair  Classes 

Community College of Philadelphia 

Delaware County Community College in Media

Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell

Regular classes, temporarily a mixed online and in-person format .

Cairn University, Community English Language program

Moore College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Rosemont College

Temple University

Please don’t forget to contact Go Au Pair at educoord@goaupair.com for written approval.

Does it matter which country is an au pair from?

Which country is the best au pair from? It is one of the most readable posts of the Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog. This post was from July 2011, written by Anna T., who is a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair. Nine years later, Anna’s family is still hosting Au Pairs. Their last Au Pair was from Ukraine and Anna’s big family is waiting for the next Au Pair arrival.

 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries, and very popular are Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, Ecuadorian, El Salvadorian, European, Mexican, and South African Au Pairs. Faced with so many choices of au pair candidates, it is only natural for a host family to look for a way to narrow the search down. A question many au pair agency staff and local counselors hear from host families is, tell us which countries the best au pairs come from.

The real answer is – it depends. The best au pair for one family can be a bad fit for another family. A lot depends on the personality and experience of the individual au pair. But there are also some common traits and cultural values that shape candidates from different countries

Cultural differences, not to be confused with stereotypes, are the result of an upbringing in a different country, with its own culture, religion and values. For example, au pairs from many Latin American countries typically have close family relationships, and are very affectionate and loving with children, and believe in God. Au pairs from Asia take their job extremely seriously, and value education.

There are also differences shaped by the living conditions in a country, that are not cultural. For example, in some Asian countries it might not be common for young women to drive or own a car, so au pairs from those countries might be not very experienced drivers.

In some countries the economic divide between rich and poor is so great, that every middle class family has a maid, so an au pair from such a country might not have a clue about simple domestic tasks (but might be perfectly willing and excited to learn!).

In more prosperous countries it might be easier for a high school graduate to pay for applying to the au pair program, and less lucrative to do so for a college graduate – so the candidate pool from such countries might be considerably younger.

Another factor in family country preference is personal experience, or experience of others.
For experienced host families, their preference for a certain country might be shaped by their personal experience with the au pair program. After an unsuccessful match, it is natural to avoid candidates from the same area of the world, for the next few years, or forever.

Or conversely, after good luck with candidates from a certain country, it is natural to look to repeat the same experience. Ease, difficulty or speed of obtaining au pair visas also varies from country to country. This factor can also dictate country choice for au pair host families.

Au pair agencies keep statistics of the percentage of au pairs from each country who drive, who are under two qualified, who are college graduates, who obtain visas. If a family wants to narrow down the choice of countries, it can be helpful to speak to the agency representative when trying to figure out candidates from which countries might be the best fit for the family childcare needs.

Does it matter which country is an au pair from? Did you host many Au Pairs? What do you think?

Count Your Blessings!

Everyone has a lot to be thankful for every day but on Thanksgiving Americans say an extra prayer of thanks. It’s important to “Count Your Blessings Not Your Problems” (Brianna Keenan).

Thanksgiving is a special day to acknowledge the things you appreciate. Especially this year. There’s never been a more important time to come together as a community and support families, neighbors and friends.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for:
Your Family
Your Host Family/Au Pair
Your Friends

Having Safety and Security
Being Able To Enjoy Nature
Health for yourself and those around you
Having Food To Eat
Having Shelter and a Roof Over Your Head
Having a Job

Having Freedom
Having Technology
In addition, the host families, and Au Pairs are all thankful for the Au Pair program and for Cultural Exchange!

Thanksgiving  is a great opportunity to recognize – “Count Your Blessings” and demonstrate the gratefulness to the Host Families,  Au Pairs, family and friends who make our days what they are. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24 -the International Au Pair Day!

The International Au Pair Day is a global celebration of all au pairs and their contribution to cultural exchange around the world. We have a great opportunity to celebrate on November 24 former and current Au Pairs around the world for the second time.  

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries. There are Au Pairs from from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ukraine, El Salvador, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Paragua and France in the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster, so the celebration looks like global!

The celebration of this Day is very important! If you are not sure how to celebrate the International Au Pair Day with your Au Pair,  International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families:

  • Surprise your au pair with a thank you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for him/her
  • Take your au pair somewhere nice
  • Show your appreciation with a small gift
  • Give him/her a day off to have a fun day with other au pairs.

Happy International Au Pair Day!

Never give up on your dreams!

On November 24, 2019 we celebrated the International Au Pair Day for the first time in history. We are about to celebrate the International Au Pair Day this year again! There are many reasons to celebrate all our Au Pairs and what they bring to our lives each day, their hard work and dedication to their host families.

Many Au Pairs pursued their dreams and joined the Au Pair program with Go Au Pair. This year and the pandemic brought even more reasons to celebrate the Au Pairs. We are thankful to our Au Pairs for stepping up during the pandemic. Many Au Pairs have followed their dreams during the challenging time and have persevered through the struggles COVID-19 has brought on to Au Pairs and their Host Families.

Following their dreams was not an easy experience for many Au Pairs recently. However, along the way Au Pairs provided loving and devoted child care, shared their passion and culture, made memories and friends, immersed in new families and way of life, in a new country, language, and culture, learned new things and never gave up on their dreams!

Fall courses for the Au Pairs in the Philadelphia area

Au Pairs can temporarily complete the program education requirement by taking classes online. Coursera offers more than 3,800 courses from Yale, Google, Duke, AWS, and more, some classes are free! Also you can take classes with EDX.Please contact Go Au Pair at educoord@goaupair.com for written approval of this exception.

During the Au Pair year Au Pairs should complete six semester hours or the equivalent 72 hours (12 credits or 144 hours for educare program. The Fall semester courses are mostly remote & online,and some designated hands-on classes will take place on campus with safety protocols. Check them.

Popular Weekend Classes

Rutgers in New Jersey

SilverBay at College of St. Rose 

Long Island University 

Au Pair Weekend

Cultural Hi-Ways offers the classes at Peirce College Learning Across America with tours to many locations  

Auditing Courses

Princeton University

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College

Continuing Education

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College Au Pair  Classes 

Community College of Philadelphia 

Delaware County Community College in Media

Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell

Regular classes, temporarily a mixed online and in-person format .

Cairn University, Community English Language program

Moore College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Rosemont College

Temple University

Outdoor Games for Kids without Physical Contact.

Here are some fun summer games for kids to play outdoors with ‘no physical contact’. Most games require simple prep and items you may already have around the house. With many games Au Pairs can keep the kids happy, healthy, and safe. You can get outside and have fun together!

Obstacle Course. Au Pairs can create an obstacle course in a backyard using objects like a play tunnel, a balance beam, hula hoops, string, riverstones, pool noodles, and more. Set up a simple course for little ones and model how to complete it before letting them go through. Get your older kids involved by having each person be responsible for creating one obstacle for the course. You can time them as they go and have them try to beat their previous time. Or set up two courses side by side and race!

Simon Says. Choose one player to be “Simon”. Simon will give commands to the other players. If Simon begins the command by saying “Simon Says” everyone must follow the command. If Simon begins the command without saying “Simon Says” players aren’t allowed to do the action. For example, if Simon says, “Simon Says touch your toes!” you must touch your toes, if you don’t, you’re out. If Simon says, “Touch your toes!” you shouldn’t touch your toes. If you do, you’re out. The last player standing wins and gets to be Simon for the next round.

Eye Spy. Each person picks something without telling the other players what it is, and announces something that identifies it to the others. For example, “I spy with my little eye something purple.” The other players ask questions to try to figure out what it is.“Is it bigger than my hand?” etc. etc. until you figure it out.

Here more games like Tag, Hide-and-Seek, Capture the Flag, Marco Polo, Croquet, Jump rope, Red Rover, and Floor is Lava.

And even more games 10 Best Outdoor Games for Kids (Without Contact)

Did I miss your favorite no-contact game? Let me know in the comments!

Ukrainian Au Pair Yuliia found her home away from home in Bucks County, PA

Ukranian Au Pair Yuliia became part of her host family who lives in Bucks County, PA. Yuliia calls her host family “my home away from home.” Please read Yuliia’s story below.

Hi, dear reader! Since you are reading this, you probably know what this is all about. Is it about being an Au Pair? Yes. Is it about challenges or struggles? Yes! Is it about being all by myself and feeling like no one cares about me? No. Why? Because my Host Family was making sure I am feeling good.

This is a story of me and my host family during the hardest time of all. Let’s call it “My life with a Host Family: Quarantine edition”.

It was my 9th month being an Au Pair and taking care of two wonderful girls.Let’s be honest here, I am going to call them “little sisters”. At that time I was not planning to stay for another year, and I was so excited to go home soon. You are probably familiar with a feeling when you miss your family and friends. But I am not going to focus on that.

Nothing foretold troubles. Everyone was going with their lives and was looking forward to summer because it is time for fun and vacations. However, one pandemic decided to come over and change our plans. No one was expecting that“guest” in our lives. No one knew how to treat that “guest”. People were so shocked to come up with a new plan for their lives. And so was I.

I realized that time to go home might be postponed. I was so upset about it so I did not want to do anything. I did not really enjoy my time being in a house. I found no joy taking care of my “little sisters”, especially when the whole family was home. I thought nothing could be worse.

First few weeks, or even first month I was facing such challenges as: new routine for kids, distance learning, cooking, entertaining, staying in the house the whole day, and trying to get used to all people around you. I guess you can relate to this too.

However, this time of craziness and discomfort was the best time to become closer with my Host Family. You wonder why? I am here to tell you, otherwise what is the point for me of writing this and for you of reading it?

First of all, I want to acknowledge the fact that my Host Family set the fair schedule and clear responsibilities for me to do, so I was not too overwhelmed with everything. At first I thought because kids had no school, I had to double my job. However, it did not happen. My lovely Host Family made sure I was doing what I had to do certain amount of time every day and the rest I could spend for myself. I am so thankful for that because it helped me a lot not only to catch up with my studies but also to get some time for my hobbies.

Secondly, I want to talk about one of the most important things for me. When the “guest” came and everything got shut down, I wasn’t really worried about going out to some restaurants or stores. I was worried about my church I serve in every week. I was worried that I would have no chance to go to church during pandemic. Due to all restrictions and requirements, my church became a drive-in church where with all wisdom and following the rules, other people and I were able to attend services. My Host Family trusted me so much so they let me go to drive-in church every single week knowing that I would follow all the rules and would not put them at risk. Can you imagine how big this trust is? Would you ever trust that much a person you knew nothing about and who just came 9 months ago from a different country? When the world was falling apart, my Host Family did not take away from me something that I treasured the most. I believe this trust made our relationships stronger than ever. My Host Family is a big blessing I have being an Au Pair in the USA.

Last but not least, the life of my Host Family and mine became more fun. Since we had a chance to spend a lot of time together, we were looking for fun things to do. In November I met two farmers who live not far from our house. They had a lot of chickens. One day during the quarantine, my Host Family decided to visit the farmers (obviously following social distancing rules). And guess what? We ended up getting two fresh eggs. I guess you are starting to get a point I am going to. The Host Mom decided that itbewould fun and good idea to hatch the eggs. That very day, she found someone on Facebook, who was selling an incubator, and she bought it.It was hard for me to believe that we could have real chicks in a house.Few weeks later, Twitty Bird and Lilly were born. Our family grew. And it kept growing because we got a puppy. We already had the cutest dog Baila, but we got her a friend. Her name is Gigi.

People might say that quarantine ruined their lives. Others might say that it helped them a lot to become a new person, to improve any kind of relationships and just spend time without any rush. I am going to be the person who is going to say that THANK YOU. This pandemic did not make my life any harder. On the contrary, it made it easier. I was ready to help my host family with anything every day, because that what family does: cares, helps and loves. I helped my “little sisters” to finish their school year successfully so they are ready to move on to the next grade. I tried my best to make sure that the parents weren’t having a hard time working from home since the kids were also there. Everyone was doing what they had to do and it was pretty good.

What happened at the end? Now, I am looking forward to spend another year with my Amazing Host Family. I am sure it is going to be unforgettable. They are my “home away from home”. That is why I want to say thankyou, my Host Family, for making me feel like I belong to you, that I am a part of your family and thank you for your love, support and trust.You are the biggest blessing in my life.

I love you, Alla, Michael, Eliana, Mariella, Baila, Gigi, and our chickens.

Things to know before filling an Au Pair tax return.

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19.  The filing deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020 and many Au Pairs are working on their tax return.

There are a few things to know before filling an Au Pair tax return.

The Au Pairs

  • are required to file U.S. individual income return.
  • don’t need W-2 form to file their tax return.
  • can calculate the stipend for the 2019 calendar year or use a wages log
  • are not eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, The Hope Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credits.
  • should provide their Social Security Number to file a tax return.
  • will be taxed at a 10% tax rate.
  • can use a form 1040-NR-EZ to file a tax return.
  • who got other types of income than stipend, like tips, bank interests, etc, need to file a 1040NR form (not a 1040NR-EZ).
  • should file and pay taxes by July 15, 2020
  • should consult a tax professional for any questions .

How to file the Au Pairs tax return?

Use any free file software or print the form 1040-NR-EZ and file by pen.Calculate the stipend for the 2019 calendar year. (Multiply the number of weeks they worked as an Au Pair in the USA in 2019 with the amount of their weekly stipend or use their Wages log)

Calculate the tax amount Au Pairs owe using the instructions of the form 1040-NR-EZ,   2019 Tax Table, page 24 -35.

File a tax return and send your payment to IRS for any taxes owed.

You can pay by using a check from a U.S. bank account or by money order, have a direct withdrawal or make a payment online using a credit or debit card.

Au Pair Andrea arrived in the US on October 14, 2019. By 01.01.2020, she had been an Au Pair in the US for 11 weeks and she is a standard Au Pair. Andrea’s weekly stipend is $195.75, so she earned $2153 in 2019 ($195.75 * 11 = $2,153). Andréa should pay the taxes for the amount of $216 according to the Tax Table.

Au Pair taxes can be confusing. Please read the post Au Pair Taxes for 2019 for more info and visit H&R Block’s Au Pair Tax page .

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