The importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors has never been greater. It is no longer just businesses seeking to cut costs by hiring independent contractors. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created a 20% income deduction for business owners, incentivizing employees to become independent contractors.

The definition of the employer-employee relationship, however, has not changed and cannot be circumvented by agreement between business and worker.

Additionally, many states are broadening the employer-employee definition as they attempt to make gig workers (such as those working for Uber) and independent sellers (such as those selling Tupperware) employees. Misclassification of employees can literally bankrupt a business. Learn to properly navigate the Employee vs Independent-Contractor classification process.

We create training versions of OA courses to address a challenge Brett experienced when training his employees.  The challenge: He could not find effective, affordable training he could use to develop a baseline understanding in his workforce.  Most in-house courses were super-expensive and geared for professionals and experts seeking continuing education credits.  Other training required travel, hotels and days away from the office …and was even more expensive!  The solution: He started to create training classes he could use over and over as part of his employee-development curriculum.   

When you purchase our Employee vs. Independent Contractor Training Course, you own it!  Our license agreement allows you to use this course over and over to train your employees!  In addition to the ton of resources included with the course, this training course includes:

  • A pdf of each lesson’s PowerPoint so students can follow along and take notes,
  • Review questions for each lesson,
  • Answer guides for review questions,
  • An exam to test each student’s knowledge of the subject matter,
  • An answer guide for the exam, and
  • A frame-worthy Completion Certificate for students who complete the course.

Why OA’s Employee vs. Independent Contractor Course? The importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors has never been greater.  It is no longer just businesses seeking to cut costs by hiring independent contractors.  The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created a 20% income deduction for business owners, incentivizing employees to become independent contractors.

The definition of the employer-employee relationship, however, has not changed and cannot be circumvented by agreement between business and worker.  Additionally, many states are broadening the employer-employee definition as they attempt to make gig workers (such as those working for Uber) and independent sellers (such as those selling Tupperware) employees. 

If the IRS finds the relationship between a business and workers treated as independent contractors to be incorrect, the IRS can (and will) retroactively reclassify those workers as employees.  If a business misclassifies a single employee, it will face years of back taxes, unfiled or amended payroll returns, and amended income tax returns.  Misclassifying more than a handful, however, can be the death-knell for many businesses.  They will owe a crushing amount of unpaid employment taxes, tax filings, and amended income tax returns.  They may also be liable for benefits employees did not receive while misclassified.

Our Independent Contractor vs. Employee course covers everything you and your employees need to know to correctly classify workers, avoid reclassification, and minimize the cost of reclassification if and when it occurs.  The Independent Contractor vs. Employee Course contains two hours of video broken up into eight easily-navigated lessons. 

All courses and articles are for informational purposes only and do not constitute tax advice. Taxes are complicated - do not act on course information without consulting a professional. Always refer to treasury regulation before making any tax decision. Read the full disclaimer.

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