If after reviewing the three categories of evidence it is still unclear whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor form ss 8 determination of worker status for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding pdf can be filed with the irs the form may be filed by either the business or the worker. The contractor is by definition independent and not an employee of the hiring company a perfect example of an independent contractor is a cleaning service the service comes into your office to do work but the cleaning service workers are not employees of your company independent contractors are considered to be business owners. Hiring independent contractors the employers legal guide working with independent contractors the employers legal guide stephen fishman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers using independent contractors can save you a bundle in payroll taxes health insurance costs workers compensation premiums and overtime pay but the rules about who qualifies are complicated. Independent contractors and employees often work side by side at the same company even doing the same or similar work however there are very important legal differences between the two going way beyond job title the major difference between an employee and an independent contractor is the level of control that the employer has over the . The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if you the earnings of a person who is working as an independent contractor are subject to self employment tax what matters is that the employer has the legal right to control the details of how the services are performed
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