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1099 and W-2 Differences

Do you know what is 1099 and W-2 and their difference in businesses?

Many employers refer to independent contractors as “1099” and employees as “W-2” workers after the IRS forms used for reporting purposes. However, simply providing a worker a 1099 Form doesn’t make them an independent contractor. The classification must always be made on the basis of whether the worker meets federal and state tests for independent contractor status. Different tests are use to determine whether a worker has covered by a particular law or benefit. Click the link for an overview of some of these tests. 1099 and W-2 are tax forms. A 1099-MISC is used to report payments made to independent contractors (who cover their own employment taxes). A W-2 form, on the other hand, is used for employees (whose employer withholds payroll taxes from their earnings).

Difference Between 1099 employees and W-2 employees

More and more small businesses are spending money on contractors. In 2018, 8.7% of U.S. sole proprietorship business expenses were spent on contractors, according to the IRS. Independent contractors have some easy-to-identify benefits for the bottom line. Because you aren’t paying employment taxes and providing benefits for them, contractors can often cost less than full-time employees. But with the pros, like lower cost, can come cons, like the lack of control you might have over your contractor’s schedule. Here’s a breakdown of some of the pros and cons for both independent contractors and employees.

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