Category Archives: Independent Contractors

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 […]

VCSP – Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for Employers – Replay

Clarification of the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for Employers (VCSP). The discussion is based on the information in this Report. Agenda – July 16, 2012 What is the VCSP? What is the deadline? Which employers qualify? What benefits do you get? What are the penalties if you don’t participate, but you get caught? What are […]

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 […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor – Ten Tips for Business Owners

If you are a small business owner, whether you hire people as independent contractors or as employees will impact how much taxes you pay and the amount of taxes you withhold from their paychecks. Additionally, it will affect how much additional cost your business must bear, what documents and information they must provide to you, […]

Independent Contractor Option

Today TaxMama hears from Dianne in California with this question. “I am a contracted bookkeeper for a non-profit group in CA. One of my contractors has accepted employment with the same organization in a position that is typically paid through payroll, but wants to continue to be paid using the 1099 method. Is this going […]