Evaluate these categories with the help of a locally licensed attorney. It's essential that you make the proper determination.
Evaluate these categories with the help of a locally licensed attorney. It’s essential that you make the proper determination. As the IRS states on its website, “The IRS is not required to follow a contract stating that the worker is an independent contractor, responsible for paying his or her own self employment tax. How the parties work together determines whether the worker is an employee or an independent contractor.”
If you still have trouble classifying a worker after consulting with an attorney, you can take the case to the IRS. Fill out and submit IRS Form SS-8 to ask for a ruling on the worker's status. Be aware, however, that this ruling applies for tax purposes only and not necessarily for liability or workers’ compensation purposes.
For more information, see Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee? from the Internal Revenue Service website.
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