Overview: Having independent contractors offer benefits and risks. The benefits include avoiding certain taxes, legal liabilities and administrative challenges.
However, the risks can be great. Before filling a position with an independent contractor, it is essential to carefully consider the myriad factors that go into proper employee classification a worker as an independent contractor. An independent contractor should qualify not only under the tax code, but also several other state and federal employment laws that may come into play. Inaccurately classifying someone as an independent contractor can set an employer up for costly enforcement actions.
Trends: Government enforcement of independent contractor misclassification is stricter than ever, as the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and state agencies cooperate to enforce the laws.
Author: Michael Cardman, Legal Editor
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