We know the stress and uncertainty created by complicated tax and labor laws.
Use the tools and information here to clear up the confusion.
Each year, families across the country illegally classify their worker by providing
a Form 1099 (Form 1099 is used to report money paid to an independent contractor).
The IRS has ruled that household workers are employees of the family for whom they
work; attempting to classify them as an independent contractor by giving them a
Form 1099 is considered tax evasion and does not absolve them of their household
employer tax and legal obligations.
Of all the mistakes and problems we see, this one is always at or near the top of
the list. The confusion stems from the IRS 20-point test to determine worker status.
Many of the questions are ambiguous and/or subjective. Worse, a worker may appear
to be an independent contractor on some of the questions and an employee on others.
Which answers prevail?
Employee. If even one of the 20 answers points toward employee, she’s an employee.
To save you the trouble of the test, the IRS has ruled definitively that household
workers should be classified as employees. Therefore, the family must handle all
household employer tax and labor law obligations. Don’t worry about the
cost or the paperwork; tax breaks make it cheaper than you think and
our service makes it effortless.
Note: The IRS views worker misclassification as tax evasion
and recently announced a major expansion of auditors to augment their enforcement
efforts in this particular area. As further warning, the household employment industry
was cited as one of the primary targets.
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