Tag Archives: independent contractor

Doubling My Income

Today TaxMama® hears from Idlkotr  in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question.  “I have the opportunity to be an independent contractor. I am an occupational therapist who will be working with disabled children in their home. Thus, a lot of driving. I will be doubling my income. I do not have a clue how […]

Mom Provides Child Care

  Today TaxMama hears from Scott in the TaxQuips Forum who needs guidance. “My mother in law babysits for me, and I pay her a flat amount every month to do so. Her only job is working for us right now. She needs 3 more years of income to earn enough credits to be fully […]

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 […]

Fighting Abusive Employers

Today TaxMama® hears from Nick in the TaxQuips Forum who is angry. “This year I saw some disturbing instances where independent contractors were issued 1099-MISC for higher amounts than they were actually paid. Some of contractors were paid in cash and there are no supporting documents on how they were paid. The reason for these […]

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 […]

Effective vs Actual Tax Rate

Today TaxMama® hears from KD in the TaxQuips Forum who is justifiably confused.  “I was looking over our tax return and was wondering why we are paying almost 50% effective tax rates on our income. I’m currently unemployed and my husband is an independent contractor. Our CPA included a chart with this year’s tax return. […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 634 – Happy St Patty Weekend

Dear Family, Out here in the Valley, the day looks dark and gloomy. That in-between time, when the world is trying to decide whether or not to rain. The birds and squirrels seem to love it. Lots of fluttering around  (birds) and frolicking (squirrels).  Rick just called and said he’s taken a busload of children […]

Paying Double SS Tax

Today TaxMama® hears from Stanton in the TaxQuips Forum with this scenario. “A person by June 2012 will have earned $110,200 as an employee, with the maximum Social Security deducted. Then that person becomes an independent contractor for the balance of 2012. Is this person subject to the SS tax for the additional compensation over […]

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 […]

Mystery Shoppers

Today TaxMama  hears from Brad in Missouri, in the TaxQuips Forum. Brad tells us “ I’m an independent contractor for several mystery shopping companies. Today for example I did a casino shop. I get reimbursed for 1 meal expense up to $10 and paid $35 for the shop itself, but they legally can’t reimburse my […]