Should you hire a cleaning company over an individual?
I know it probably doesn't sound that important, but the answer to it may determine whether you are liable for back taxes and penalties when your house cleaner(s) reach retirement and apply for Social Security.
Say their Social Security accounts are deficient, the IRS could rule that their Social Security payments should have been paid by the people whose homes they cleaned.
The IRS has been saying that the house cleaners were employees of the person whose house they were cleaning.
If you hire an individual on the basis of a referral from a friend, it's very possible that the cleaner is your employee.
Likewise, if hire your cleaner through an agency that only provides a list and does not regulate hours of work, collect the pay, or set the standards and method of work, it's likely the cleaner will be your employee.
Hiring a cleaning company means you have nothing to worry about. Make sure you hire a company that pays or withholds the necessary taxes and keeps records required of businesses by the IRS. This might be a good question to ask when hiring a cleaning company.