live / 2020

Get Out From Under The Table Payroll

Get Out From Under The Table Payroll

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by teamtaub llc

Create a website and app to educate the public on how to pay household worker/nanny tax including: how to sign up, what are the costs, payroll calculations, and education on the importance of paying taxes for workers and what those workers do not receive if they are paid under the table.Along with this we will have set up a "LA Tour" of live educational sessions at local schools to reach those who are currently not adhering to the law or are thinking of hiring a household worker. We'll show them how easy and inexpensive it is to follow the law.

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • City of Los Angeles

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Applying a proven model or solution to a new issue or sector (e.g, using a job recruiting software or strategy to match clients to supportive housing sites, applying demonstrated strategies from advocating for college affordability to advocating for housing affordability and homelessness, etc.)

What is the need you’re responding to?

I am always surprised and dismayed at the number of people I know who pay their household workers under the table. Not only are they breaking the law, but they are denying people the safe guards of unemployment insurance, holding them back from being tax paying members of our community and really creating a segregation of our community. I also find that these same people are not educated on the ease of paying payroll taxes and how little it really costs. I feel education can go a long way to solving this problem. Many people say that household workers don’t want to pay taxes, and I believe this is not true. Everyone wants to feel a part of the community. No one wants to be hidden under a table and have the fear of being found out. This is unfortunately just another way that the haves are keeping the have-nots down. We can help fix this problem and create inclusivity and community.

Why is this project important to the work of your organization?

It is important to my organization because community is a an important value and part of the mission of our organization and this project would help build and bring community together. We are uniquely suited to take this on because we are leaders in the community and have a voice people respond to.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?

Direct impact
Indirect impact

Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.

The impact of this app and accompanying educational tour will impact the city in many ways including increased revenue for the city and less manpower for tracking law breakers assuming the city does this. But more importantly, it will assure that household workers are afforded the same protections as other workers, give them a sense of being a part of a community as they are given the opportunity to pay their taxes, and foster a sense of equality, and inclusivity between employer and household worker.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

We will define and measure success for the project by the number of people who use the application/website and actually register to pay payroll taxes for household workers. Success for me would be a wave of new registrations and a word of mouth referrals to the application and of course more taxes being paid to workers.

Which of the live metrics will your submission impact?​

  • Poverty rate

Are there any other LA2050 goal categories that your proposal will impact?

  • LA is the healthiest place to CONNECT

Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?

  • Access to the LA2050 community
  • Communications support
  • Office space for meetings, events, or for staff
  • Strategy assistance and implementation