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    Default Re: Am I ripping off my babysitter?

    I wouldn't say you are ripping her off as she is an adult and knew what the deal was.

    But I'd be very thankful to her and buy her a nice Christmas gift!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    I've heard of cash recipients getting greedy and demanding minimum wage ( forgetting cash is undeclared therefore no tax, no impact on centerlink etc ) and the boss being forced to pay back the difference. Personally if I'm getting cash I look at the minimum then take 30% off ( for tax)
    I don't think someone earning $200 per week would get taxed 30%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shhhsleeping View Post
    I don't think you are ripping her off. $75 a day cash in hand to look after your kids is good. She isn't a qualified nanny or child care worker, it isn't a career, it's helping you and it's extra money in her pocket. Maybe give her a Christmas bonus if you feel bad. But I think $150- is fine. It's more then I pay my 18 year old babysitter.
    I agree with this ..

    she isn't paying tax (I assume?) so meh ..

    I would consider anything around $10 an hour to be fair .. she isn't expected to cook/ clean .. all she has to do is chill out with the kids??

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    Quote Originally Posted by shhhsleeping View Post
    I don't think you are ripping her off. $75 a day cash in hand to look after your kids is good. She isn't a qualified nanny or child care worker, it isn't a career, it's helping you and it's extra money in her pocket. Maybe give her a Christmas bonus if you feel bad. But I think $150- is fine. It's more then I pay my 18 year old babysitter.
    I agree with this ..

    she isn't paying tax (I assume?) so meh ..

    I would consider anything around $10 an hour to be fair .. she isn't expected to cook/ clean .. all she has to do is chill out with the kids??

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonpancakes View Post
    I don't think someone earning $200 per week would get taxed 30%.
    Combined with other income it could push her close to higher brackets ( was going off if I was doing a cashy) . big assumption here but if she is on benefits it may just be enough to cut extras like pharmacy etc

    Op have you looked at long day care options? For $100 per day ( after rebates) you may find some good centers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    Op have you looked at long day care options? For $100 per day ( after rebates) you may find some good centers?
    I start work before centres open and before family daycare providers will take my children

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    Quote Originally Posted by veve View Post
    I would consider anything around $10 an hour to be fair .. she isn't expected to cook/ clean .. all she has to do is chill out with the kids??
    Yep she reads, knits and watches the midday movie

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    I use a rule of thumb of cash-in-hand being worth about double compared to on-the-books money. So I would see $150 cash being worth about $300 on-the-books.

    I remember a situation where a potential immigrant was being paid cash-in-hand by a business. The recipient needed official employment to apply for a permanent residence visa. However, when he requested of his boss to change his $20kpa cash to $20kpa on-the-books for this purpose, the businessman said he couldn't do that, because it would cost him about $45kpa to pay someone $20kpa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    I use a rule of thumb of cash-in-hand being worth about double compared to on-the-books money. So I would see $150 cash being worth about $300 on-the-books.
    I agree. I think it's pretty good for cash in hand work. She knew the pay rate before accepting the job. If you can afford the $200 and think she is worth it is absolutely pay it. Kids get harder the older they get too.

    I'd be happy with that amount for a permanent cash in hand job!

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    Default Am I ripping off my babysitter?

    I used to be an after school nanny for 2 school age kids about 8 years ago. I was 20 at the time an I got $10 an hour (untaxed which I wouldn't do now but I was young). I'd sometimes have to stay for three days in which cases I got paid $500 plus transport and entertainment expenses. The only difference was that I started dinner and took the kids to swimming once a week.

    I would raise her pay to $200.


 

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