Working as an Independent Contractor FAQ

Do I need to use written agreements when I do contract work for clients?

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Do I need to use written agreements when I do contract work for clients?

You really should. Using a written agreement avoids disputes by providing a written description of the services you're supposed to perform, when they are to be performed, and how much you will be paid.

A written independent contractor agreement can also help establish that you really are an independent contractor -- not your client's employee. Although an agreement by itself doesn't definitively prove that a worker qualifies as an independent contractor, it will help show the IRS and other agencies that both you and the hiring firm intended to create a hiring firm-independent contractor relationship, not an employer-employee relationship. For additional tips on proving that you are an independent contractor, see Preserving Your Status as an Independent Contractor. For information on what to include in a contract, see Use Written Service Contracts for Your Clients.

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