Independent contractor vs. employee – Beware: Worker classification is an IRS hot button
Abstract: Treating a worker as an independent contractor (IC) rather than an employee can provide a business with important advantages. But simply labeling someone an IC doesn’t make it so. Whether a worker is properly classified as an IC or employee depends on several factors targeting the level of control the employer exerts over the worker. This article discusses the benefits of ICs, the IRS’s preference and the control factors that are considered when determining whether a worker is an IC or an employee.