IHSS Provider Resources
Once you have become an IHSS provider, the following are resources intended to help you as you provide services to your IHSS recipient:
IHSS Timesheet Information
Live-In IHSS/WPCS Providers
Beginning January 2017, providers now have the option to self-certify living arrangements to exclude IHSS/WPCS wages from federal income tax and state tax by completing and submitting appropriate forms. For more information and forms, go to the Live-In Provider Self-Certification Information webpage.
Payroll Tax Withholding Update
On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Memo directing the IRS to allow the optional deferral of withholding from employee’s 2020 taxes between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. After evaluation and consideration of the IRS guidance, the Department of Social Services (CDSS) is concerned that while the regular taxes would not be taken from 2020 payroll, the providers would experience a double withholding from their payroll taxes in 2021. Therefore, the CDSS has decided the IHSS/WPCS program will not be participating in the deferral of withholding of 2020 payroll taxes.
Direct Deposit is an optional way for IHSS providers to receive their IHSS payroll checks. With Direct Deposit, the IHSS provider’s payroll check is deposited directly into the provider’s checking or savings account instead of being sent through the mail. IHSS payroll paychecks can be deposited into a provider’s account at a bank, savings and loan or credit union.
Each provider enrolled in Direct Deposit will receive a Direct Deposit Remittance Advice that will look like, and contain the same information as, the Statement of Earnings (pay stub) that provider’s currently receive attached to their IHSS payroll check. With the pay stub providers will also receive a new timesheet for the next pay period.
Direct Deposit will eliminate having provider’s paychecks lost in the mail or stolen from their mailbox. Additionally, providers may have access to their money sooner because they don’t have to wait for the check to come in the mail.
IHSS Provider Direct Deposit Letter and Form:
CalSavers: Helping Providers Prepare for their Future
California workers, whose employers do not offer a retirement plan or are self-employed,
now have an opportunity to contribute to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
they control. CalSavers is a new retirement program designed for all
California individuals like IHSS providers who don’t have automatic employment
retirement contribution options.
The CalSavers Retirement Program offers IHSS providers:
- Ability to contribute to a Roth
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) that belongs to the IHSS provider
- A completely voluntary
participation: The IHSS provider can opt out or back in at any time
- Ability to stick with the standard
options for savings rates and investments or choose their own
- Flexibility to keep their account
even if they change recipients or jobs
You can learn more about CalSavers at