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Independent Contractor v Employee: Keys to Classifying Your Workers




May 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM (ET)

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Both IRS and state agencies have stepped up their audit efforts of workers classified as independent contractors. Misclassification of workers by payees is an easy IRS target! If an employee is misclassified, the employer can be liable for back wages, back taxes, penalties for failure to withhold income, and a host of other taxes and benefits.

Companies need to be diligent in ensuring that their employee vs contractor classifications are accurate and in compliance with the law. In our information-packed event you'll get clear guidance on how to properly classify your workers. Join us to discover:

  • Contractor or Employee? Why the distinction matters
  • Bottom-line impact of the misclassification of workers
  • Key reporting and compliance requirements you need to know
  • Common classification pitfalls - and how to avoid them

Program Highlights

  • Independent Contractor or Employee? Understanding the Difference

    • Classification standards for employment law and tax purposes
    • IRS Test for identifying independent contractors
    • Understanding forms 8918, 8952 and the SS-8
    • How government agencies and courts distinguish between classifications
  • Classification Errors: Prevention & Response Best Practices

    • "Red flags" to look for when performing a self-audit
    • How is a company most likely to be "caught?"
    • What to do if you discover a classification error
    • Policies to protect you in the event of an audit or investigation
    • Key language that should be included in independent contractor agreements
    • Tools for appealing and audit decision - what you can do
  • Live Question & Answer Session - Get real-world answers to your specific questions!

About The Speaker

Steven Mercatante is the principal and founder of TIR Consulting, LLC. He is a nationally recognized leader in tax reporting education and consulting on specialized compliance issues.

  • Steven has conducted on-site consultation for corporate clients from across the world and led countless seminars and webinars.
  • He is also a published author, with numerous articles published on tax and financial law, and he has authored and published a series of tax guides on topics such as: W-9/1099 & W-8/1042-S compliance and reporting, payment cards, U.S. State & Local Reporting, worker compensation issues, international tax compliance, and more.

Program Benefits

Don't get hit with costly fines and penalties for the misclassification of your workers. The distinction can be confusing, leading to errors. In our 60-minute program we'll give you clear guidelines for acute classification, and what to do if an error occurs.