Hiring Independent Contractors: The Employer's Legal Guide

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Using independent contractors can save you a bundle in payroll taxes, health insurance costs, workers' compensation premiums and overtime pay.
But the rules about who qualifies are complicated, and the IRS and state revenue agencies keep a close eye on businesses that hire independent contractors. Misclassifying a worker can result in serious financial penalties in a state or federal audit.
Now for the first time in decades, the IRS has made ...
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Overview

Using independent contractors can save you a bundle in payroll taxes, health insurance costs, workers' compensation premiums and overtime pay.
But the rules about who qualifies are complicated, and the IRS and state revenue agencies keep a close eye on businesses that hire independent contractors. Misclassifying a worker can result in serious financial penalties in a state or federal audit.
Now for the first time in decades, the IRS has made the rules about hiring independent contractors a lot simpler. New IRS rules make it easier for employers to prove that a worker is an independent contractor; they also allow employers that have misclassified workers to pay reduced assessments and penalties—or avoid them altogether.
Hiring Independent Contractors reflects these important IRS changes and shows employers how to:

* assess who qualifies as an independent contractor
* hire ICs without risking an audit
* retain ownership of intellectual property when using ICs
* handle an IRS audit
* take advantage of the IRS's ""Safe Harbor"" law
All independent contractor agreements are included on disk and as tear-outs.

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...a gold mine of federal and state requirements for employers who use contract labor...
Orange County Register
Hiring contractors, freelancers, consultants or other outsiders, is an arena even big, supposedly sophisticated companies misunderstand. Here, in the plain language Nolo is renowned for, is a guide to the mistakes and benefits, and most importantly, tax implications of hiring people on a contractual basis.
Orange County Register
Hiring contractors, freelancers, consultants or other outsiders, is an arena even big, supposedly sophisticated companies misunderstand. Here, in the plain language Nolo is renowned for, is a guide to the mistakes and benefits, and most importantly, tax implications of hiring people on a contractual basis.
Orange County Register
"Here, in the plain language Nolo Press is renowned for, is a guide to the mistakes and benefits, and most importantly, tax implication of hiring people on a contact basis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873379182
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Edition description: 4TH BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Why You Need This Book
2. Benefits and Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors
3. Determining Worker Status
4. Federal Payroll Taxes
5. The Safe Harbor Protection
6. The IRS Test for Worker Status
7. Federal Payroll Tax Rules for Specific Workers
8. IRS Audits
9. State Payroll Taxes
10. Workers' Compensation
11. Hiring Household Workers and Family Members
12. Labor and Anti-Discrimination Laws
13. Intellectual Property Ownership
14. Planning to Avoid Government Audits
15. Procedures for Hiring Independent Contractors
16. Independent Contractor Agreements
17. Help Beyond This Book
A1. Appendix 1: How to Use the CD-ROM
A2. Appendix 2: Contractor's Screening Documents
A3. Appendix3: Sample Agreements
A4. Appendix 4: Blank IRS Forms
Index
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