Contract With Independent Contractor

Contract With Independent Contractor

Hiring independent contractors, consultants or freelancers instead of employees can save you time, money and paperwork. But if you treat a contractor as an employee, the IRS can (and will) hit you hard with penalties.

Use the "Contract With Independent Contractor" to not only come to an agreement with your contractor, but to help justify your working relationship when the IRS comes knocking on your door.

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Hiring independent contractors, consultants or freelancers instead of employees can save you time, money and paperwork. But if you treat a contractor as an employee, the IRS can (and will) hit you hard with penalties.

Use the "Contract With Independent Contractor" to not only come to an agreement with your contractor, but to help justify your working relationship when the IRS comes knocking on your door. The contract will list the details of the job to be performed, while making clear that your contractor will receive no fringe benefits, can work for other clients, will pay their own taxes and so on.

Important to Know:

  • No contract automatically protects you from the IRS -- if you treat your contractor as an employee, so will the IRS.
  • Use contractors who provide their own tools and supplies to get the job done.

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