2012 Au Pairs Tax Return

2012 tax returns due is on Monday, 15 April 2013. All Au Pairs are required to file U.S. individual income tax returns.

Income received by the au pair is taxable wages and if the amount exceeds the personal exemption amount($3800 for 2012) the income is subject to the withholding requirements and must be reported on a US tax return at the end of the year.

For the most recent and only official information about Au Pairs and taxes, please see the IRS website and consult your tax adviser.

Please notice that Go Au Pair agency and Local Area Representatives are not licensed tax advisers and cannot provide official tax advice.

Au Pair’s trip to Washington DC

Cultural Hi-Ways offers educational tour( earning 35 class hours) to Washington DC for Au Pairs that includes attending 2 classes in Philadelphia and the trip to Washington DC.

Class Dates:Sunday, February 24 & Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Villanova University. The aupairs will learn about American culture through classroom lectures, films, articles and discussions while improving their English comprehension skills.

After Au Pairs complete  two day class session, they will join a weekend tour to Washington, DC

Tour days: March 23-24, 2013 During the trip au-pairs will learn the history, landmarks, arts and customs of Washington, DC , make new friends, take hundred of photos and explore new places. In the journey Au Pairs will visit the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and World War II Memorial, stop to see the Capitol Building and White House and many other interesting places.
The cost is $319 (includes classes & the tour)white-house-lg

Au Pairs who completed the course (including the tour) will obtain a CERTIFICATE stating they have earned 35 class hours.

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Harmful Advice – 5 ways to damage relations with your host parents.

Have you ever read the Russian book by Gregory Oster Harmful Advice for Naughty Children and Their Parents?  The book “teaches” kids to do bad things in quite humorous fashion.

There are kids who are doing the opposite to what their parents ask them to do. There are also many adults with such a spirit of contradiction.

Here are some  harmful advice for an Au Pair. All these tips are real scenarios that I took from my experience working as  a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair.  Following these is an easy way to receive a rematch with your host family.

Harmful Advice for an Au Pairs.

Harmful tip number 1
Tell your host parents that they do not know how to bring up their kids and that they are doing everything wrong.  Only YOU know how to do that because you have a Master degree in early childhood education. Tell them that their kids are spoiled. Be honest and do not think before you speak, criticize them endlessly.

Harmful tip number 2
Don’t  take responsibility for your actions. Never admit that you made a mistake and do not try to correct the situation.  It is not your fault. Let yourself shine! Wherever you are, whatever you do, YOU are the best!  Give your host parents a chance once again to be sure. Always show that you’re smarter and more knowledgeable than others.

Harmful tip number 3
Forget about gratitude. Do not say “thank you” and ask “How are you?” to your host family. It’s just a waste of your time. The host family must to be nice and polite to YOU. Be strict, when your host parents present you a bar of chocolate, let them know that this one is not your favorite and advice them ask you what kind of chocolate you prefer next time. Mention that your Au Pair friend host parents are the best hosts since they bought her a new IPAD as a present.

Harmful tip number 4
follow house rules and your host parents instructions. Let your parents know that their rules are strange and don’t have any sense. Tell them that YOU do not agree with some of them and your family has never followed such as stupid rules. When you are late home at night, tell them that the curfew is nonsense, you are not a kid anymore. When they caught you constantly texting at work, explain that you are bored at work and need to be in touch with your friends.

Harmful tip number 5
Avoid communication with your host parents. Never admit if you do not understand a word or instructions. Don’t ask questions because they may find that language is a problem for you. Why should you  listen their concerns and advice? Host parents must share their  plans with YOU, but don’t discuss your plans and issues since they don’t care anyway.  Remember, it is impossible to reach a compromise with your hosts -never even try it.

I’m sure that after reading my bad advice you may have more to add.

Spread the love.

“Before you can truly live, you must first learn to love.”
– Jennie Clemans 

Everyone needs love, especially children need to feel loved. Often host parents,  Au Pair and kids speak different love languages. Dr. Gary Chapman says knowing the child’s love language can make all of the difference in relationship.

There are 5 languages of love and usually people respond best to one or maybe two languages. The five languages of love are:

  • Physical touch
  • Words of affirmation
  • Quality time
  • Gifts
  • Acts of service

Physical touch includes high fives, hugs, kisses and snuggling.

Words of affirmation include words of praise, encouragement, guidance and support.

Quality time is focused on spending time together—listening, walking and playing.

Gifts can be a powerful expression of love.

Acts of service are focused on appreciation of help.

It is important to understand and apply the language of love kids respond best to. The knowledge of the 5 Love Languages makes it easier to give and receive love.

Spread the love!

Tax Time.

2012 Tax Day is almost here. Many Au Pairs are about finishing their tax returns. I have  posted about the tax return recently at  Au Pair’s tax return.  I also found a helpful post from another Go Au Pair‘s blog at “Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

As a Non-Resident Alien, Au Pairs are required to pay tax on their stipend, minus an exemption, which for the 2011 tax year is $3700. If you arrived after August 20th, then you still need to file a tax return, but you shouldn’t owe anything.


Taxes (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

The main thing that influences how much tax you have to pay, is when you arrived in the USA. A January arrival Au Pair with her/his stipend 195.75 will pay an average of $600 in taxes, with the full amount due all in one tax year.

Remember that Au Pairs who do not submit a tax return may have difficulty extending or obtaining future visas.

If you have any questions, please contact a tax professional.

Au Pairs making friends

When an Au Pair comes to live with the Host Family it is very important to make friends as soon as possible and stay active. Also, it is the best way to cope with homesickness. For any Au Pair who feels lonely or in need of friends, being proactive and seeking out social events is a good way to meet people.

Go Au Pair’s welcome packet has a list of the Au Pairs in the area with addresses and phones. Au Pairs will meet new friends at the Au Pairs’ meeting. If you live in the Philadelphia or NJ area please check an Au Pair activity schedule.

Au Pair’s friends are in the same situation – they are living  away from their family and friends so they have tons of things in common. Taking care of children all day is hard work and they need a break sometimes. Going out with Aupair friends, spending time together, sharing common experiences and cultural differences over a cup of coffee is the best way to relax.

It is better to make friends with Au Pairs from other countries.  Au Pairs will be forced to speak English and will have the side benefit of learning about their cultures.

Au Pairs also will find many new friends at CollegeTravelling together with new friends through the US and exploring a new country is a wonderful way to relax. Au Pairs may meet new friends alone the way too.

Facebook  is  another way to find friends.  Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster formed a group on facebook and they are always ready to lend a hand. We are one big family and we band together.

Anytime you need a Friend we are here for you!

Au Pair’s tax return

Dear Au Pairs, if you haven’t done your tax return already, it’s about time to complete it! You have to file your tax return until April 17, 2012.

All Au Pairs are required to file U.S. individual income tax returns.

It is the law to file a tax return and report earnings made during a calendar year. The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that the au pair stipend constitutes “wages” because an employer-employee relationship exists between the Au Pair and his/her Host Family. These wages are therefore subject to federal taxation.

Most Au Pairs who have been in the US for at least 18 weeks in a calendar year will meet the minimum requirement to pay taxes The Exemption Deduction is $3700 for 2011.

Please notice that Go Au Pair agency and Local Area Representatives are not licensed tax advisers and cannot provide official tax advice. For the most recent and only official information about Au Pair’s  taxes,  please see the IRS website and consult your tax adviser.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the government agency that collects federal income taxes. Read more about  Au Pair’s Taxes here. Please  stop at any tax service professional for more information. There are plenty of them, you can find one near you easily using H&R Block website.

Free help in preparing a return is also available nationwide from IRS-sponsored volunteers.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to help low-income taxpayers. For more information, go to IRS.gov and enter keyword “VITA” in the upper right corner.

If an Au Pair chooses not to file taxes it could prevent her from obtaining a visa in the future.

Au Pairs for families with multiple children

Au Pairs for families with multiple children is the best option to get the childcare for less money and much more.

Since 1980 the multiple birth rate had doubled. Many host parents realize the financial benefits of choosing an Au Pair for their multiple childcare needs. Hiring an Au Pair are more cost effective when compared to both daycare for several children and nanny care.

Au Pairs are young and motivated.  Many Au Pairs are professional teachers and daycare nannies and have experience working with groups of children. As a young adult with the energy to engage in age-appropriate active play, they are able to stimulate creativity.  They are enthusiastic about taking care of the children and give them the personal attention that they need.

Au Pair brings flexibility and convenience of live-in provider to the family. In addition, the Au Pair assists the family with some household duties.  In a big family parents often need an additional pair of hands to help with multiples.

There are just so many great aspects to this form of childcare; it truly is the perfect fit for many families with multiple children. The cost of an Au Pair is approximately $7.50 per hour regardless of how many children the family has.  Choosing an Au Pair provides the family with multiple children with affordable  live-in childcare.

New year, New Host Mom and New Au Pair

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
– Ludwig Erhard (1897 – 1977)

One of the keys to a successful year for a host family and an Au Pair is good communication.

When new Au Pair come to Host families she will  need a lot of supervising at the beginning. The amount of time and training in the first month directly affects the type of relationship Host family has the entire year.

Here are some tips that will help the year with your au pair go smoothly.

  • Be welcoming, that means being warm, friendly, and reasonably attentive.
  • Model, model, model…set the example in our house of how you want to see your au pair fit into your family
  • Spend the first weekend reviewing Host family handbook for an au pair  together with your au pair.
  • Teach them to operate all appliances to make sure they know how to do it.
  • Show them how to cook basic things for your children
  • Teach your au pair what to do in case of power failure, tornado warning, etc.
  • Be sure to give your au pair a written schedule for the first week and every week thereafter.
  • Help them to get their Social Security card and bank account right away
  • Try to get them out driving as soon as possible (during the first week is best)
  • Bond with your au pair, as you want them to bond with your children
  • It is never acceptable to yell at your au pair, talk to them as an adult with respect.
  • Show appreciation. Say “thank you” all the time even if they do not.
  • Keep having regular chats and be willing to listen to your Au Pair.

Good communication is the key to a great year.

Having weekly meetings helps to prevent small problems from becoming big problems.

Good Luck!

Au Pair journal updates “Happy Holidays”

Oh December, December…The happiness you bring!

Holidays are almost here.

The Holiday Party is next Saturday and I am very excited about it.  The Holiday Party  for Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks & Montgomery Counties and parts of NJ cluster is  a big hit every year and this year we will have a very special Holiday Party with gifts exchange, delicious food, lots of games and surprises and then we will see a Holiday Light Show. WOW!

Things have been very agitated around my host family’s house. The holiday shopping is done and there are presents everywhere, the Christmas tree is beautiful and the kids can’t help peeking under it to see if there’s something interesting (it’s a good thing one of them is learning to read and the other is 2 years old).

Speaking of 2 year-olds, Olivia has just learned how to use the potty, she’s a pro! My host mother and I thought it would take a month or more for Livy to understand what she had to do, but the girl is very intelligent and does a little dance every time she goes. It’s adorable.

The kids talk about Christmas everyday and Santa is the hot topic here, bringing him up helps keep Olivia good, she said she’s going to give him chocolate milk and cookies, ‘cause she said she talked to him and he likes it.

Now we just have to teach our newest buddy, a boxer named Bella, that she must do her business in the backyard not in the living room…that’s gonna take a while.

Joey and Olivia are very excited with their new dog. Even Diesel is loving her, he shows that by drooling over her.

Holiday time!  Time to have Fun!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year,,,,,,,

Happy Holidays!

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