How do you pay Independent Contractors?

In a small business how do you go about paying Independent Contractors?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Eve Chesbro
Be careful with independent contractors

Carefully. Are you sure that the individual is truly an independent contractor, or perhaps more accurately described as a contractor? There are a number of tests to make that determination. A true independent contractor is paid a gross amount without deductions and the business declares that payment at the end of the tax year.

On the other hand, an employee must have a number of legal payroll deductions as well as certain matching tax paid by the employer. There are, of course, a number of other obligations which are triggered with respect to an employee that are not true for an independent contractor.
As I am in Pasadena, I suggest you contact an employment attorney in your area for a consultation.

In addition to local bar associations, you could contact CELA (California Employment Lawyers Association) whose website is "".

posted by Eve Chesbro  |  Feb 19, 2001 5:06 PM [EST]

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