Taxpayer Responsibility

Obama budget eyes employee-contractor issue

In recent years, governmental agencies and courts have tried to decide if workers are employees or independent contractors. Now a provision in President Obama’s 2011 federal budget request targets the issue.   Obama wants $25 million for the Department of Labor to add 100 enforcement employees and competitive grants to boost states’ ability to address misclassification. Classification is not a black and white issue, not even to the Internal Revenue Service. ”There is no ‘magic’ or set number ...

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