And this surprises us how?
My guess is that, in many cases, this happens through ignorance and laziness, not through cupidity.
Anyone who has a profession tax advisor, though, has no excuse:
Only about 225,000 people paid taxes on household help including nannies in 2006, the latest year reported by the IRS. But the government estimates that 770,000 of the nation’s 1.4 million child-care workers work for private households or are self-employed.
That means that, at a minimum, tens of thousands of Americans fail to pay the tax – but experts in the field say that the number is probably much higher.
“It’s hard to estimate how many nannies are working, because the vast majority are paid off the books,” said Michelle LaRowe Conover of the International Nanny Association, the umbrella organization for in-home child care.