When you sign up with CareLinx, families on the platform may become your employer, or they may hire you as an independent contractor. This allows you to work with multiple families!

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Please note: CareLinx is the online platform that allows families to become your direct employer. CareLinx is not your employer.

If you are hired by the family as an EMPLOYEE..

CareLinx offers families an easy-to-use tax and free tax preparation service called HomeWork Solutions (HWS), if the family decides to become your direct employer. We encourage families to pick this option, as it is the most seamless process for hiring you onto the family.

What does being hired as an employee mean?

  • FEDERAL INCOME AND STATE INCOME TAXES NOT WITHHELD. You are responsible for these taxes at the end of the year.

  • Certain taxes are withheld from your paycheck. The taxes withheld are FICA taxes (such as Social Security and Medicare) and SDI and other state taxes (varies by state).

  • Unemployment taxes are NOT withheld and the family would be responsible for paying this.

PLEASE NOTE: If FICA taxes are not withheld from your pay, your employer is responsible for them. However, you cannot opt out of them when they are withheld.

  • All withholdings can be viewed in your paystub under the Deductions/Expenses section.

  • Once a family is signed up for HWS, they become your employer and you become their employee.

    If you’d like to learn more about HomeWork Solutions, click the button below:

If you are still wondering if you were hired as an employee, feel free to reach out to their Care Advisor or CareLinx to clarify.

If you were hired as an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR (1099)..

If the family does not want to become your employer, but still wants to hire you for your help, they may opt for you to become an independent contractor (1099). This choice falls completely on the family’s preference.

What does being hired as an independent contractor mean?

  • You are responsible for your own taxes at the end of the year.

  • You will get a higher paycheck, because no taxes are withheld.

  • You can deduct business expenses at the end of year!

    💡 TIP: We recommend saving at least 10% of your earned wages for end of the year taxes.

If you are part of the Nurse OnDemand Program..

When you signed up for Nurse OnDemand program, you will be considered an independent contractor (1099). What does it mean?

  • You are responsible for your own taxes at the end of the year.

  • You will get a higher paycheck because no taxes are withheld.

  • You can deduct business expenses at the end of the year!

If you have questions about your employment classification, you can reach out to your Nurse account manager or Customer Support.


Am I an employee or an independent contractor (1099)?

Reach out to your family's Care Advisor, so they can help you understand how you were hired by the family!

You can also review the Department of Labor's misclassification of independent contractor vs employee:

Where can I find my paystubs?

You can find them under the Account > Payments tab.

Will I receive a W-2?
Any CareLinx client that has enrolled and signed their enrollment forms with HWS will receive year-end documents, regardless of how much their caregiver earns.

Every caregiver that has wages reported to HWS, will receive a W-2 form. HWS will do the extra work to move the tax money withheld from the Caregiver to federal income taxes, if they do not meet the $2400 threshold.

IMPORTANT: You are always responsible for reporting your wages and filing an income tax return, even if you did not receive a W-2 form.

What should I do if I don't receive my W-2?
Please reach out to the family to see if they signed up with HomeWork Solutions for tax purposes.

If not, you may need to submit a 1099 form and a support member from CareLinx can walk you through the process.

ℹ️ If you are still having trouble or have any other questions, please send us an email at support@carelinx.com with a detailed description of your issue and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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