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 .

Au Pair Taxes for 2019.

The Au Pairs are required to file U.S. individual income return. They should file form 1040NR-EZ by April 15, 2020 and report their stipend for the previous calendar year. The amount Au Pairs owe depends largely on when they arrived in the US. The Au Pairs don’t need W-2 form to file their tax return.

Au Pairs should provide their Social Security Number to fill their tax return. They should use the instructions for 1040NR-EZ to fill out a 1040NR-EZ (U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents). To calculate how much an Au Pairs have earned during 2019, they should 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.  Than, Au Pairs will be able to file a 1040NR-EZ and send payment to IRS for any taxes owed.

According to IRS, Au Pairs are not eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, The Hope Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credits. If the Au Pairs have to report the types of income other than stipend, like bank interests, tips , etc, they need to file 1040NR form (not a 1040NR-EZ). Please, consult a tax professional.

Au Pair taxes can be confusing. H&R Block Expat Tax Services offers an easy way for Au Pairs to file their U.S. taxes with promotional pricing of $99 for the Au Pairs who will register and complete their tax organizer by February 28. Please visit H&R Block’s Au Pair Tax page, email them at or call them at 816-504-1665.

Au Pairs can use free file software options:

I will be able to provide some general information and basics of tax returns to our cluster Au Pairs during our Au Pair meeting on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Parkway Central Library. However, it is best to consult a tax professional with the questions.
If Au Pairs don’t file Au Pair income tax return, they risk incurring costly interest and penalties, and it may complicate obtaining a U.S. visa in the future.

Here are some useful links:

Good luck with your income tax return!

If you had one wish what would it be?

In the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster of Go Au Pair, we interview our new Au Pairs. Jennifer recently interviewed new Au Pair Jessica from S. Africa and asked her, “What would you do if you had one wish?” Jessica said that her wish is to travel the world and take photographs of everything.Au Pair S. Africa 20.jpg

Jessica already started! She began her adventure as an Au Pair in the USA.bucks county, pa.jpgThat is Newtown, Bucks County,  PA where Jessica lives with her host family.

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Jennifer,  Jessica’s buddy and also an Au Pair from S. Africa, met Jessica and said that Jessica has an open heart and an open mind for the adventure that lies ahead of her.  Au Pair S. Africa 18.jpg

Jennifer asked Jessica what her hobbies and interests are. Jessica said, ” I love photography and anything to do with nature.  Landscape photography and wildlife photography and anything creative.”

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Great job, Jessica! You are very talented!Au Pair S. Africa 17.jpg

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Jessica considers taking a photography class, “I would love to do photography courses during my Au Pair year in America. It is my dream to work for national geography and take wildlife and nature photography.”Au Pair S. Africa 12.jpg

We wish you that all your dreams come true!

A new Author on the blog, Liila from Hungary.

I would love to introduce a new writer on this blog Au Pair Lilla from Hungary.

Another blog writer,  Au Pair Cosima from Germany, interviewed Lilla recently. Lilla said that she loves to travel and experience new things such as a new culture, languages, food, music and people from all over the world. She also was an Au Pair in London and now Lilla is an Au Pair in the USA!Lilla Brenda

Lilla joined Go Au Pair, the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster only two months ago.aupairs 2014

She explored  Philadelphia,  NY, and Washington already.

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Lilla made very many friends in the USA.

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Lilla is very active and volunteered with the cluster Au Pairs and Au Pair Sis Janine for the Walk Now for Autism SpeaksGo Au Pair Team

Lilla is a very positive and happy person with a charming smile.  Lilla and Au Pair Brenda from Mexico became more than the buddies, they say that they are sisters.

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Lilla is very open-minded, and goal oriented. She dreams to study in America. Good Luck, Lilla with all your plans!

Keep Calm and Blog On

We are looking forward to your posts. Thank you for the opportunity to join your journey, Lilla.

Welcome, Anelia, another au pair from South Africa.

Anelia Pretorius (22) is another au pair from South Africa that  joined our cluster. She lives in Flemington, New Jersey.

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“I’ve always wanted to see the USA and thought that being an au pair will give me that opportunity to explore America and experience different situations and mature more as a person. Learn to be more independent.”

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Anelia’s hobbies include traveling and exploring new things, she also likes kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, tubing and other outdoor activities.


Anelia would describe herself as loyal, friendly and independent. She is also good at dancing, and finding new things to do. Her wish would be to always achieve whatever comes her way.
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Welcome Anelia! We’re all looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you better 🙂

Au Pair from Mexico volunteered in the USA for her first time.

Recently, Au Pairs from our Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster fundraised for Autism Speaks. There were a few teams, the Au Pair from Mexico Brenda worked hard on face painting and raising donations from thankful parents.

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Some Au Pairs asked why they should volunteer when there are so many things Au Pairs can do for fun in their free time. I asked Brenda, who volunteered in the USA for her first time, to answer the questions.Au Pairs face painting

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and some of your interests and hobbies? I’m Brenda Gonzalez and I am Au Pair from Mexico,  I consider myself a fighter because I don’t like just leave the things without try to do it first, or just quit.

I always try to do my best, I love to help people whenever it will be possible for me, I always try to see the positive side to the situations. I love to practice swimming, paint, and spend time with my family and friends. When I was in Mexico I was studying international trade but I interrupted to come here as an Au Pair.

2. Why did you join Go Au Pair team and volunteer at Rice’s market on 09.20.2014 ? – I joined in the team because it was for help and support the children with Autism, so it was good enough reason for me.

3. What did you like about the event. – I liked all the people who were interested in can help us with this sweet cause, I also liked all the new friends that I met there, I think we made an excellent teamwork.

4. Have you volunteered before? Where? How long? What did you do? – No, I never had been a volunteer before.

5. What attracts you to working for Autism Speaks? My Local Area Representative told us about the event and I decided to participate in it and make happy some people.

6. What are a few of your special skills that make you a good volunteer?- I had never done it before, so I just gave my best in the chore that I was in charge and always give people a big smile.

7. What do you think makes a person a good volunteer?- I think only depends on the desire you have to help people!faicepainting with au pair Andrea

Thank you, Brenda, for joining Go Au Pair team and volunteering with us. You are very good in face painting and made a lot of kids happy.Au Pair from Mexico face painting

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