Consumer Support Grant

The Consumer Support Grant (CSG)  is a Minnesota state-funded alternative to medical assistance home care programs. CSG participants receive monthly cash grants through a financial management services firm like Orion ISO. The grant can be used to purchase services, goods and supports like staffing, therapy, equipment and supplies, nutrition and transportation.  The CSG lets families and individuals pay people they know and trust to provide care for their loved one.

Orion ISO’s services under the CSG include:

  • Payroll services including timesheet processing, payroll and payroll tax withholding and deposits
  • Expense and reimbursements of goods and services
  • Monthly spending reports

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Agency with Choice

Under this model, the Consumer is the Managing Employer, while Orion ISO is the Common Law Employer. This is a dual employment arrangement which allows you to choose and manage your staff but Orion ISO has final discretion over hiring decisions and sole authority to terminate staff. Orion ISO handles all payroll responsibilities, including employee paychecks, tax withholding, employment taxes and providing workers compensation for all employees. Orion ISO provides you with administrative support and tools to manage your employees.

*This model is often chosen by people who want more support and involvement from the FSE and/or are not hiring family members that are eligible for tax savings.

Consumer = Managing Employer
Orion ISO = Common Law Employer

Payroll Agent

The Consumer is the Employer but purchases payroll services from Orion ISO. As the Payroll Agent, Orion ISO handles all payroll responsibilities including employee paychecks, tax withholding and employment taxes. Orion ISO can facilitate purchase of Worker’s Compensation insurance for applicable employees. Orion ISO will handle set up process for establishing Consumer as the Common Law Employer.

*This model is often chosen by Consumer’s or representatives hiring family members as there are substantial tax savings for certain family employees. (See “Household Employee Tax Exemption Grid” for more details)

Consumer = Common Law Employer and Managing Employer
Orion ISO = Payroll Agent

Fiscal Conduit

The Consumer is the sole Employer and responsible for all aspects of managing this household business. Consumer handles all payroll responsibilities, including paying employees directly, withholding and depositing of taxes and obtaining worker’s compensation insurance for applicable employees. Payroll and other reimbursable expenses are submitted to Orion ISO for reimbursement after services are rendered.

*This model is often chosen by people who own an existing business and can integrate the payroll responsibilities into that structure.
*This model is also used for people who do not utilize any staffing services, and only purchase non payroll related goods and services.

Consumer = Common Law Employer and Managing Employer
Orion ISO = Fiscal Conduit

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