Screenshot from DailyDot.com, 12/3/2017
I feel bad for this little guy. This possum apparently broke into a Florida liquor store, knocked over a bottle of bourbon, and got sauced. Wildlife rescue picked him up and checked him into rehab (no, not that kind). Full coverage here at DailyDot.com.
I applaud the critter’s effort, though.
He probably feels a little like Senator John Thune (R-SD), who has repeatedly introduced a bill called the NEW GIG Act — designed to simplify tax law for independent contractor misclassification scufflaws. Every time he gets close, though, someone knocks him over the head with a bottle. Or something like that.
The NEW GIG Act has been introduced in Congress several times. If passed, it would Continue reading
The Republicans just threw a bone to independent contractors with their new tax law. What does that mean for businesses? Let’s examine.
Strategy question for businesses: Now that tax law provides more favorable tax treatment to independent contractors (see more here), should business reclassify workers as contractors for 2018?
If that’s your reason, then no.
Suppose a new law required ice cream shops to give free cones to dalmation owners. This would be a stupid law, but stay with me.
If I paint dots on a yellow lab, do I get free ice cream?
No, of course not. Even I call my yellow lab a dalmation, it’s still a lab.
In 1985, Simple Minds released the song, Dont You (Forget About Me). Despite the most ridiculous looking dancing you can imagine (under a chandelier, in front of TV screens, adding to the mood ???), the video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards.
The preposterous dance moves are pretty simple, though, which seems fitting for a band named Simple Minds.
Simplicity is the overriding theme here. Despite the overall complexity of the newly enacted tax plan, one thing is simple: The tax plan is good news for independent contractors.
Businesses that retain independent contractors need to remember to file their tax forms. The 1099-MISC forms used for reporting payments made to independent contractors are due to the IRS on January 31st. The payments are to be reported in Box 7. Click here for more helpful filing tips from your friends at the Internal Revenue Service.
Generally, the IRS requires a Form 1099-MISC to be issued for any independent contractor who is paid $600 or more in any year.
How do you know whether you have to file a Form 1099-MISC? The IRS advises that if the following four conditions are met, businesses (or individuals) must report a payment as nonemployee compensation:
- You made the payment to someone who is not your employee;
- You made the payment for services in the course of your trade or business (including government agencies and nonprofit organizations);
- You made the payment to an individual, partnership, estate, or in some cases, a corporation; and
- You made payments to the payee of at least $600 during the year.