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Nanny Mileage Reimbursement: What Babysitting Agencies Need To Know

Emily Maina
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April 10, 2024 1:33 PM
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Nannies play an important role in many families, and ensuring they are paid fairly is an important part of maintaining a healthy working relationship. 

Their compensation is not limited to the hours they spend directly caring for children.  It extends to other tasks, including transportation when picking up and dropping off kids at school or running errands. For this reason, understanding nanny mileage reimbursement is crucial for babysitting agencies employing them.

In this article, we'll get into the specifics of how to compensate nannies, covering everything from calculating mileage to providing a car or paying back travel expenses. Additionally, we'll explore how Timeero's features can streamline mileage tracking and reimbursement processes.

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Do I Need to Provide a Car for My Nanny or Reimburse Mileage?

Nannies frequently have to drive to different locations as part of their duties. Mileage quickly adds up when driving kids to appointments or doing family-related chores. 

One of the first questions that comes up when considering nanny mileage reimbursement is, “Do you have to do it?”.

Federal law does not require you to reimburse mileage. However, local or state laws may mandate that you compensate your household employee for their expenses. Illinois, Massachusetts, and California are among the states that require mileage reimbursement.

This means that if you employ nannies or operate a babysitting service in any of these states, you will be responsible for covering their mileage costs when they use their personal vehicles for work-related travel. You may be subject to fines or legal action if you fail to comply with this.

In areas where you don’t have to reimburse mileage, such as food or household purchases, doing so would be a great idea as it is a good business practice. Please note, that the pay you provide to nannies should be above the federal minimum wage irrespective of whether you are compensating for mileage or not. 

Another concern that most employers have is whether they need to provide their nanny with a car. The short answer to this is no, they don’t.

The cost of providing a car can be significant when you consider the purchase price, insurance, maintenance, and gas. For some families, offering the nanny a car could be a reasonable solution, especially if the employee requires reliable transportation in order to carry out their responsibilities.

For many families and agencies, however, paying for mileage might prove to be a more cost-effective option. Nannies can be paid for the miles they drive for work, which allows families to avoid the overhead costs associated with buying them a car. Also, mileage reimbursement permits nannies to drive their own cars, which they might feel more comfortable using.

All you have to do is make it clear that if your babysitter uses their personal vehicle, they will not be compensated for the mileage accrued during the commute to their work location.  According to the IRS, these miles are not deductible.

You can learn more about this in our detailed commuting mileage reimbursement guide. Make sure to include this facet in business contracts to avoid any conflicts.

How Do I Calculate Mileage Reimbursement for My Nanny’s Travel Expenses?

Once you establish that you will be compensating your nannies for the travel expenses they incur, the next step is figuring out how to calculate them accurately. 

The Standard Mileage Rate

The IRS provides guidelines for calculating mileage reimbursement, which can serve as a helpful starting point. As of 2024, the IRS mileage rate is 67 cents per mile for business use of an automobile. Babysitting agencies and families can use this mileage reimbursement rate to determine the amount owed to nannies for their travel expenses.

To calculate mileage reimbursement, simply multiply the total number of miles driven for work-related purposes by the IRS rate. For example, if a nanny drives 100 miles in a week for childcare duties, the reimbursement would be $67 (100 miles x  a flat rate of $0.67). Unless they surpass the IRS business mileage rate, mileage reimbursements are tax-free.

The Actual Expenses Method

Another way to calculate reimbursement for nannies is using the actual expenses method. Employees track the overall actual cost of operating the vehicle including gas, tires, maintenance and repairs, insurance, leasing payments, tolls, and parking costs.

Workers keep track of these costs over time, and when they turn in their expense reports, they get paid back. An acceptable expense report has a comprehensive mileage log detailing the reason for each trip, the total number of miles traveled, and documentation of each payment.

Although the actual expense technique provides a comprehensive picture of spending, babysitters may find it difficult to regularly track and report incurred costs. Another drawback of this method is that it might be challenging to distinguish between business and personal expenses when the car is used for personal and work reasons.

The Fixed and Variable Rate (FAVR) Method 

This method combines a monthly mileage stipend (for fixed costs) and a cent-per-mile amount (for variable costs). Fixed costs include lease payments, insurance, depreciation, and registration fees. On the other hand, variable costs include repairs, maintenance, and gas.

When the monthly car allowance is customized to each employee's specific fixed costs, the FAVR method guarantees that every employee receives fair compensation. To improve reimbursement accuracy, you can modify the variable costs to reflect the current rate of inflation, such as when gas prices go up. If your employee uses an electric car for business purposes, it may be helpful to read about mileage reimbursement for electric cars.

How Does Timeero Help Reimburse Nannies?

Despite its importance, the mileage reimbursement process can be difficult for both nannies and agencies. One recurrent concern is the absence of standardized tracking systems. Without a reliable system in place, nannies may struggle to accurately record their mileage, resulting in discrepancies in reimbursement. 

Manual mileage recording is also time-consuming and prone to mistakes. Nannies may fail to track their mileage or misplace key documents, resulting in incomplete or incorrect records. This not only complicates the reimbursement procedure but can lead to financial losses for agencies.

If your employees keep forgetting to track mileage, check out our guide for a solution. 

There are numerous advantages to using Timeero for mileage tracking and reimbursement. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Automatic Mileage Tracking

For nannies, Timeero offers convenience and peace of mind. With automatic mileage tracking, they can focus on their job responsibilities without worrying about tedious paperwork or manual calculations. All they have to do is clock in on their phones, and Timeero will run in the background, collecting information about the miles covered.

Agencies benefit from this feature because they get accurate records of the miles their employees cover while working. It saves them the time of going through physical documents or Excel sheets to determine what they should reimburse. 

Timeero GPS mileage tracking
Mileage tracking on Timeero.

GPS Tracking

Would you like to know exactly where your nanny is anytime they are on the clock? Timeero makes this possible by providing unparalleled visibility of employees' whereabouts. 

The GPS tracking feature allows agencies to monitor their nannies' movements in real-time, allowing them to verify mileage recorded. They can see their worker's locations on the Who’s Working dashboard, promoting accountability and transparency.

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Timeero’s Who’s Working dashboard.

Segmented Tracking

As we mentioned above, some nannies move around a lot. They may start the day by dropping off the kids at school or playdates, shopping for groceries, running errands for the family, and later doing pickups. How can agencies and other employers monitor these activities and movements from one location to another? This is where segmented tracking comes into play.

Segmented tracking is a feature unique to Timeero that allows employers to get a general overview of how nannies spend their day. When a worker shifts locations, the system automatically records the distance traveled and gathers GPS data for every location.

This means that the mileage of each site visit is accurately recorded without requiring human involvement. You get vital details like how long the trip took and what time they arrived and left each location. 

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Timeero’s segmented tracking feature.

Suggested Route

One of the best ways agencies can save on gas expenses is by taking advantage of Timeero’s suggested route feature. The app compares the shortest and actual routes and recommends the quickest way the employee can get to their destination. This reduces fuel costs and saves time. 

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Timeero’s suggested route feature.

Route Replay

If an employer needs to retrace the steps of their employee at any time, they can use Timeero’s route replay feature. This allows a manager to see a nanny's specific start and ending route. 

This can be a great asset when conflict or confusion arises, as you can verify the locations the caregiver visited. You can also use it to see whether they traveled the recommended route or if they took the scenic path to their destination. 

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Route replay on Timeero.

Reports

Agencies and employers can access their employee’s mileage records at any time, making tracking their earnings and mileage expenses easy. Remember, if done correctly, mileage reimbursement is not regarded as taxable income so these reports can be useful to show you are compliant. 

Additionally, Timeero provides other customized reports that can be filtered by job, user or group, date range, and totals. Managers can also obtain break reports, scheduled vs hours worked reports and daily sign-off reports. 

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Mileage reports on Timeero.

Integrations

A Timeero feature that further simplifies reimbursing mileage for nannies is the ability to integrate with household payroll and invoicing systems. These include Xero, ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Gusto, Rippling, Zapier, Vieventium, and Paylocity.

You can effortlessly transfer your employees' hours and mileage costs, increasing the accuracy and efficiency of your payroll.

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Timeero integrations.

Use Timeero for Nanny Gas Reimbursement

Nanny mileage reimbursement is a critical component of childcare management for babysitting agencies and families. Agencies can improve accuracy and enhance transparency by implementing the best mileage tracking apps like Timeero. 

With its intuitive interface and innovative features, Timeero simplifies how babysitters track mileage for work, making it easier for them to monitor their mileage expenses. Timeero will help you reduce administrative burden and improve your compensation process. 

If you’re a self-employed nanny using your personal car for work, our self-employed mileage tracking and deduction guide will come in handy.

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Emily Maina

Emily Maina is a tech-savvy writer with a passion for creating content. With years of experience in the industry, she is well-versed in the latest trends and developments in the tech industry. When she’s not working, Emily enjoys exploring the great outdoors or watching her favorite shows.

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