Working With Independent Contractors

Working With Independent Contractors

Book - 2017 | 9th edition
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Baker & Taylor
Presents a guide to hiring and working with independent contractors, covering such topics as assessing the risks of hiring freelancers, safeguarding intellectual property, protecting oneself in legal disputes, and settling an IRS audit.

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Fishman, an attorney and author of books on taxes and business law for small businesses, entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and the self-employed,offers a guide to working with independent contractors. He covers the benefits and risks; the common law test to determine worker status; how the IRS classifies workers and how to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor; reducing the chances of an IRS audit; state payroll taxes; exclusions and classifications for workers’ compensation; health, safety, labor, and antidiscrimination laws; intellectual property ownership; hiring; procedures for working with independent contractors; and independent contractor agreements. This edition has been revised to reflect changes to the law and includes examples of hiring independent contractors. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Hire independent contractors without running into trouble

Independent contractors (ICs) do every conceivable type of work—from accounting to web development, and “gig economy” websites make it easy to find and hire qualified ICs. Working with independent contractors saves your business money and gives you flexibility in hiring. But there are risks in trying to establish IC relationships. Simply calling a worker an independent contractor doesn’t make them so. This book shows you how to avoid mistakes that can lead to lawsuits or costly fines from the IRS and state agencies.

Learn how to:
  • determine (and document) who qualifies as an IC
  • assess the risks of hiring freelancers and gig workers
  • safeguard your company’s intellectual property
  • protect yourself if there’s a legal dispute, and
  • handle—and settle—an IRS audit.
The 9th edition—completely revised to reflect the latest changes in the law—includes detailed examples of how a business should hire independent contractors.
Working With Independent Contractors is a must-own for anyone who currently employs or is considering working with an independent contractor. People who want to or already do work with independent contractors will buy this book because it guides them through each component of the independent contractor arrangement and shows them in detail how to avoid legal troubles related to it.

Publisher: Berkeley, California : Nolo, 2017
Edition: 9th edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 1413323839 (pbk.)
9781413323832 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 346.73024 FIS 2017
Characteristics: 372 pages : illustrations, forms ; 23 cm


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