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Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Summary

Misclassification of workers is a very hot audit topic. The IRS is investigating employers who incorrectly classify workers as independent contractors when they are really employees. It is tempting for employers to have workers classified as contractors rather than employers—no payroll tax, no worker’s compensation implications, no unemployment and no fringe benefits such as health insurance or retirement plan contributions. It is important to know the differences between an independent contractor and an employee, as well as how to correct a misclassification of employees.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between an independent contractor and an employee.
  • Utilize the compliance programs available for correcting the misclassification of employees.
  • Determine when to use Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding.
  • Help your clients avoid penalties for misclassifying workers.

Course Details

This course includes an e-book. CPE is issued after exam is successfully completed.




   

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