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Independent Contractor Status

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USA Cab owns a fleet of about 45 taxis that it leases to drivers, and it operates a taxi dispatch service. At issue in the case was whether USA Cab’s classification of the drivers as independent contractors was proper. The Plaintiffs’ brought a putative class action alleging that due to the misclassification, USA Cab failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance, failed to pay minimum wages, improperly required drivers to pay security deposits and other fees, and denied them meal and rest breaks. Under the terms of the agreement with the drivers, USA Cab provided the lessee-drivers with a taxi "painted ...
refers to a situation where the employee is expected to leave the employer within a certain period of time. Temporary employees are sometimes called "contractual", "seasonal", "interim", or "freelance"; or the word may be shortened to "temps." Agricultural workers are often temporarily employed for harvesting. In some instances, temporary professional employees (particularly in the white collar fields, such as law, engineering, and accounting) even refer to themselves as "consultants." This is not to be confused with consultants (as in management consulting ). Temporary ...
Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Senate HELP Committee Holds ...
On Thursday, June 17, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on preventing employers from misclassifying employees as independent contractors. The hearing focused on the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act (EMPA), a recently introduced bill intended to reduce instances of worker misclassification through new record-keeping requirements, notice requirements, and the imposition of civil penalties for employer violations. Chairman Harkin (D-IA) opened the hearing by arguing that independent contractors are not afforded sufficient protections under the labor law, such as those provided ... market research, surveys and trends
4 Common Independent Contractor Tax Mistakes -
mistakes when filing returns. It's not that most of them set out to pay more in taxes than necessary, or pay less and get into tax trouble. Tax laws are complex, and you can fall into the same trap if you don't take the time to learn what you can, or hire a professional to help you. There are 4 tax mistakes that you should never make again: 1. Forget to Pay Estimated Taxes There are four dates you need to set in stone on your calender for tax purposes: You must file your quarterly estimated taxes on these dates. If you don't, you'll set yourself up for problems with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). ... market research, surveys and trends


Independent contractor classification: the challenge of doing it ...
At a recent White House Conference on Small Business, attendees rated independent contractor (IC) classification disputes as the most pressing small business issue. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claims it loses billions of dollars each year in employment and income taxes due to improper classification. Over 8 million independent contractors are in use in the US and this number is expected to double within the next ten years. The current rules are complicated, confusing, and subjective; clarification and simplification of the existing worker classification guidelines is necessary. A survey of small businesses was conducted ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
HR Watchdog Blog: Independent Contractor
As both federal and state officials look for ways to combat massive budget deficits, they're turning their watchful eyes to businesses that use independent contractors. In a recent article , the NY Times shed further light on the increased scrutiny businesses might face at both the state and federal levels, pointing out that "President Obama's 2010 budget assumes that the federal crackdown will yield $7 billion over 10 years." The U.S. intends to accomplish the revenue increase by hiring 100 more enforcement staff to increase investigations, but the Internal Revenue Service has already started ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
IRS turns up heat on employment taxes
For more on this topic, go to and search using the following key words: IRS, Employment Tax National Research Project, Blake Hassan, John K. McGill. In November 2009, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it would begin its first Employment Tax National Research Project (NRP) in 25 years. One purpose was to gather data through audits to determine the compliance rate with employment tax laws, and estimate the cost, in the form of lost tax revenues, of noncompliance. The IRS feels that business practices in the employment tax area may have changed significantly since the last study in the 1980s. ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
John W. McClarty, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Herschel P. Franks, P.J. and Charles D. Susano, Jr., J., joined. JOHN W. McCLARTY, JUDGE. Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co. ("Hartford") filed this suit against Dale Penney, d/b/a DLP Construction Co. ("Mr. Penney"), seeking compensation for additional workers' compensation insurance premiums, as well as court costs and service of process fees. The trial court awarded judgment in favor of Hartford for $12,316 plus costs. Hartford subsequently filed a motion seeking pre-judgment interest, which was granted after a hearing resulting in an ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


It is a crime to falsify the information on this form. AFFIDAVIT ...
Note: Employers who knowingly and willfully require an employee or subcontractor to execute an affidavit when the employer knows that the employee or ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?
It is critical that you, the business owner, correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. You do not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors. If you are an independent contractor and hire or subcontract work to others, you will want to review the information in this section to determine whether individuals you hire are independent contractors (subcontractors) or employees. Before ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Determination of Employee or Independent Contractor Status
To assist departments in making a determination of whether payments made to individuals for services performed for the university should be paid and reported as employee wages, or as compensation to an independent contractor. Any individual performing services for the university will be presumed to work under the direction and control of the university and therefore deemed to be an employee unless the individual meets all of the independent contractor criteria, established within this policy, and provides the university with a valid federal taxpayer identification number; this may be either an employee identification number or a ...
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Tax Law (Questions About Taxes): Employee vs. Independent ...
I am a nurse practitioner and have recently been contacted by another nurse practitioner who has an LLC.  Her business is placing medical clinics in auto dealerships, where a nurse practioner sees patients on-site, in an effort to keep the dealership's health insurance costs down.  She wants to pay me a a flat amount per "shift" (9-2pm, two days a week) as an "independent contractor".  Furthermore, she is requiring me to form my own LLC, because it will "benefit" me, but she cannot articulate how that might be so.  (I believe it is to create a company-entity relationship so ...
I have been miss-classified as an independent contractor, what do ...
I and about 10 other people have signed a contract stating we were independent contractors, and accordingly, we do not have taxes taken out of our checks and cannot receive unemployment. That is pretty much the only thing that makes us independent. As far as common law goes, it appears to me that we are employees. For example, our employer has a great level of control over us. He sets our schedule, decides what our pay will be, is able to fire us, etc. We work from home on computer but we still are under his supervision and we have chat-meetings every morning. We do not come and go as we please. The fact that he is considered ...