Independent Contractors Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

Independent contractors are individuals or entities that perform work for other individuals or entities, but are not employees of those individuals or entities. Whether a worker is an employee or an independent... more +
Independent contractors are individuals or entities that perform work for other individuals or entities, but are not employees of those individuals or entities. Whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is not always an easy determination. However, due to differences in tax and liability treatment, misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor can have serious consequences. Autonomy is the defining feature of independent contractor arrangements. Independent contractors control the manner and method of how work is performed while payers control the desired result. Control over schedule and number of hours worked, ownership of equipment or tools, permanency of relationship, and acceptance of jobs from multiple entities are all possible factors in determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor.   less -
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Are You Too Cozy With Your Independent Contractors?

January 1, 2015 is fast approaching, and with it, the first year the employer mandate applies to employers with 100 or more full-time employees (50 in 2016) – the “Play or Pay” rules. In preparation for this new law,...more

June 30 Deadline to Apply for Temporary Employment Tax Settlement Program

Is your company considering reclassifying certain workers, but hesitant because it is worried about triggering a federal employment tax audit or not having consistently filed Form 1099s for those workers in the past? If you...more

IRS Worker Classification Audits—Risks And Relief Options

The battle between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and taxpayers continues over independent contractor treatment. ...more

IRS Temporarily Liberalizes Requirements For Employment Tax Partial Amnesty Program But June 30th Deadline Looms

Many companies struggle with how to classify their workers for tax purposes. Are they employees? Or, are they independent contractors?...more

Changes In The IRS Independent Contractor Classification Program

In September 2011 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a new voluntary relief program for worker status termed the voluntary classification settlement program (VCSP). Announcement 2011-64, 2011-41, I.R.B. 503. On...more

IRS Provides Additional Favorable Guidance on Recently Modified Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On February 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued News Release IR-2013-23 to provide additional favorable guidance regarding modifications to the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) issued in...more

New Tax Court Decision Highlights Need for Construction Contractors to Consider Expanded IRS Voluntary Worker Classification...

For years, the question of whether construction workers should be treated as employees or independent contractors has been an important issue that many contractors have overlooked or chosen to ignore. However, a recent U.S....more

IRS Expands VCSP Program

On February 27, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced its expansion of the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) to allow more employers to achieve certainty under the law by reclassifying their...more

The IRS Modifies the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

On October 4, 2011, we reported on the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), a program in which the IRS permits employers to prospectively reclassify workers as employees in exchange for limited federal...more

IRS Guidance Favorably Modifies Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program

One year ago the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Announcement 2011-64, which provided a Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) for employers to treat their workers as common law employees rather than...more

Legal Alert: IRS Provides Temporary Waiver Of Certain Eligibility Requirements For The Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

In Announcements 2012-45 and 2012-46, the IRS has temporarily eased the eligibility requirements for employers to participate in the employment-tax Voluntary Classification Settlement Program ("VCSP") that was begun last...more

Legal Alert: Employee Misclassification Relief?

The IRS recently announced a new "Voluntary Classification Settlement Program" (VCSP), which allows employers to correct worker classification errors and pay significantly reduced penalties, without having to go through...more

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