Whether you have employees or independent contractors can be a big issue for your business.
WHAT CONSTITUTES AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?
A person is an independent contractor and not an employee when they provide products or services from their own business, when they get to shape their hours and duties, when they can turn down and accept assignments as they choose, and when they send you invoices for payment of services/products. If you dictate when they work, where they work, and/or how they work, then you are treating them like an employee and could be held liable as their employer.
INCORRECT CLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS:
Although it may be tempting to classify a worker as an independent contractor because of the tax savings and liability benefits, it can be risky to make that determination without sound legal advice. If you incorrectly classify someone as an independent contractor, you may be required to pay past taxes and a steep penalty to the I.R.S. A mistaken classification could also cause you to do without insurance that might be needed to protect your business from the mistakes of your employees.
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