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?
6. 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:
- Ask the IC to fill out a questionnaire designed to elicit information showing that the IC is really running an independent business.
- 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.