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I need help. I am a nanny from Rhode Island who came to work at the beginning of the May in Boston. My pay was to be $880 per week, cash. I don't have a contract. My boss is having problems with her previous nanny who is trying to file for unemployment. They have kept me out of the details except the nanny is reporting them to the IRS for paying the housekeeper and me in cash. The housekeeper is illegal, so they fired her and have a new housekeeper starting next week who is legal and working on the books.
My boss told me I have to fill out a tax form. So the date on it is 5/1. She wants me to fill it out and assume tax liability for my share since May 1. This means that I would be paying about $70 in taxes on my share, per week. Am I within my rights to say that I will sign it but she needs to reimburse me the almost $700 I will be liable for? Since she is having a problem with her current nanny, I think she wants to not have a problem with me. I really wanted to take home the full $880. Would it be a stretch to ask if she could pay me $50 in cash per week to offset the taxes? This is not my problem, it's hers. I have no problem working on the books, but would have negotiated my take home salary with a keener eye.
This is ongoing. She texted me and asked me if I signed that form yet. She also sent me an email that said, "Starting August 1, 2015, you will be paid from a household account payable at Bank of X".