A statutory employee is an independent contractor who’s treated as an employee for tax purposes.
Yes, it’s a little confusing. Below, we’ll break down the nuances of statutory employees and explain when you might need to care.
OK, let’s keep it simple: A statutory employee is an independent contractor. But, for tax purposes, they’re considered an employee. Make sense?
In other words, while they may not be considered an employee for purposes of employment laws, they're still entitled to receive certain tax benefits and protections.
There are four main categories of workers that may be considered statutory employees:
It's important for employers to understand the classification of their workers as statutory employees, as it can impact the way they're taxed and the benefits they're entitled to receive. For example, statutory employees are entitled to receive Social Security and Medicare taxes, which are typically paid by the employer.
Understanding the concept of statutory employees is crucial for employers looking to hire contractors outside of the United States. By accurately classifying your workers, you can ensure that you're in compliance with tax regulations and providing your workers with the benefits and protections they're entitled to receive. If you have any questions or concerns about statutory employees, it's always best to consult with a tax professional for guidance.
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