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Employee or Independent Contractor?

Posted by John Sweeney | Jun 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

 In today's agile and gig economy, more people are working as independent contractors.  How does the IRS determine whether a person is an employee or independent contractor? 

They use a six factor test.  The factors, “should not be applied in a mechanical fashion, but with an understanding that the factors are indicators of the broader concept of economic dependence.” 

The six factors are:

Is the Work an Integral Part of the Employer's Business?
Does the Worker's Managerial Skill Affect the Worker's Opportunity for Profit or Loss?
How Does the Worker's Relative Investment Compare to the Employer's Investment
Does the Work Performed Require Special Skill and Initiative?
Is the Relationship between the Worker and the Employer Permanent or Indefinite?
What is the Nature and Degree of the Employer's Control?

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John Sweeney

John is an experienced lawyer who helps you solve your problems. He practices Elder, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Special Needs, Business, & Tax Law in Fairfield County CT and Westchester County New York. He brings a wealth of experience in law, business, tax, insurance, and finance to arrive at practical solutions with compassion and care. Honest, direct and practical, he is focused on you and your problems. He also brings a wealth of personal experience from his own large family and aging parents.


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Elder, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Special Needs Tax & Business Law; Attorney John Sweeney

Sweeney Legal, LLC, provides legal, practical, and business counsel to Seniors, families, and businesses in the Fairfield, Connecticut area, including the communities of Bridgeport, Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, New Canaan, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. John is also licensed in New York serving Westchester County including the towns of Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, and Somers.