Hiring Independent Contractors FAQ

Is there anything I can do during the hiring process to make sure the worker I hire is really an independent contractor?

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Is there anything I can do during the hiring process to make sure the worker I hire is really an independent contractor?

The best time to gather evidence of a worker's independent contractor status is before you make a hiring decision -- not after you are audited by a government agency. Protect your company by following these two steps every time you hire an IC:

  1. Ask the IC to fill out a questionnaire designed to elicit information showing that the IC is really running an independent business.
  2. Require the IC to give you documents that will help you prove that the IC is self-employed.

For information on these two crucial tasks -- and tips on what information to request -- see Require Documentation When You Hire Independent Contractors.

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