Category Archives: Independent Contractors

VCSP – Employer Amnesty for Mis-Classifying Employees

You can no longer get away with treating employees as freelancers. There are too many ways for your employees to turn you in to authorities. Or, to get a tax break and pay only their half of the self-employment taxes – they MUST turn you in. Before they do that, come clean with the IRS. […]

Switching from Employee Status to Independent Contractor

Today TaxMama® wants to give you something to think about before switching from employee status to independent contractor.  

The Gig Economy

Today TaxMama® says that estimated tax payments are due – and that’s timely information for the “Gig” economy.  

False Social Security Numbers

Today TaxMama® hears from Lue with a question that is more common than you may realize.” A friend  who’s been doing work for my husband regularly for the past two years knowingly gave him a false Social Security Number. We were just notified of this by the IRS. He won’t provide us with a real […]

Employee or Contractor

Today TaxMama® hears from Roger in the TaxQuips Forum who is frustrated with the concept. “I guess my question would be, what is different about what I’m doing and, say, a general contractor ICing a plumber regularly to plumb houses he is building? Or a magazine that subs out to a freelance writer? These guys […]

Delivering Newspapers

Today TaxMama® hears from Trina in the Tax Quips Forum who wasn’t an employee. “I started working for a newspaper company over the summer of 2011, delivering papers to homes using my own vehicle. The company did give me company checks, but they did not take any taxes out. I believe they called their employees […]

IRS Wants YOUR input – About Expanded 1099 Reporting

[TaxMama Note: I have heard a lot of griping about the proposed requirement to have businesses issue 1099s to absolutely everyone for everything. If you don’t like it – SPEAK UP NOW! Not to me, but where it counts – to IRS. Here’s how.] IRS Requests Public Input on Expanded Information Reporting Requirement  WASHINGTON — […]

Per Diems on 1099s

Today TaxMama hears from Rita in Oklahoma, with this question. “I will issue several 1099’s this year. I need to know how to categorize their ‘’per diem’’ pay. Is it broken out; or does it get lumped together in Box #7-Nonemployee compensation?”

Contractors Forgot to File

Today TaxMama hears from Ray in Ohio, who has a problem. “My son and I started working for a contractor in Feb 2006 as a sub. The 1099 was in his name and SS#. We worked on a 60-40 split. The 60 came to me, with all expenses paid out of my pocket. We have […]