Independent Contractor Workshop
"Get ready for an intense new round in the long-running fight over which workers are independent contractors … The IRS is taking a closer look at companies that use contractors." – BusinessWeek
If you classify any workers as "independent contractors" – or have plans to do so – now is the time to make sure you get that classification correct.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor added new complexity and confusion into the "contractor vs. employee" decision. President Trump's DOL rescinded key Obama-era guidelines that aimed to narrow the definition of an independent contractor. That's good news for employers, but it raises more questions about who exactly qualifies for contractor status these days.
The past few years have seen a massive new "Misclassification Initiative" launched by the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor, targeting employers with more audits and closer scrutiny. The IRS estimates that 80% of workers classified as "independent contractors" are actually employees.
As part of the crackdown, the DOL hired 100 new auditors solely to investigate misclassifications. State investigators are also turning up the heat on employers. And all this attention is prompting more independent contractors – and their attorneys – to challenge their classifications in court.
What to do? Now is the time to understand this issue once and for all – and get in compliance. Join us for Independent Contractor Workshop
. Our timely webinar will teach you:
- How to create independent contractor relationships that meet IRS, DOL and state agency requirements.
- The benefits of using independent contractors (same work, lower costs, fewer hassles) and the inherent risks (reclassifications leading to huge tax, wage and benefit payments).
- What the DOL's new guidance means and how it changes the classification game.
- Why the feds are cracking down now, what they're looking for and how you can achieve compliance.
- What employers can expect from the Trump administration on this issue.
- The key factors the DOL and IRS consider (and you should, too) in making classification decisions.
- The IRS test, the so-called "Darden Factors" and the "Economic Realities" standard.
- Important court cases, including the infamous FedEx case, that help draw a brighter line between contractors and employees.
- The steps you should take to deal safely with independent contractors.
- When you can have a "joint employer" relationship with a contracting agency – and what to be aware of.
- Plus, answers to YOUR questions about independent contractor issues.
As a recent Wall Street Journal report, "The End of Employees," noted, contractor status has exploded in recent years and it can save you big on taxes and benefits. But you must get those classifications right – now more than ever!
The federal government predicts its crackdown on employee misclassification will reap at least $7 billion in federal revenue over the next 10 years. Don't become a notch on the IRS' belt! Discover your compliance mistakes now – before the feds do – and learn how to manage your independent contractors legally.What your colleagues are saying
When this training was given recently, attendees showered rave reviews, including:
- "Very important and timely presentation. Great guidelines to follow"
- "Obviously expert speakers"
- "Great to have all the analysis and tests"
- "Great breakdown … causes me to take a closer look at a few individuals"
- "Lots of leading-edge knowledge and commentary with humor"
And because this is a webinar, there is no limit to the number of colleagues you can invite to sit in on this interactive event.