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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

It is perfectly fine to be hired as a contractor, provided that (a) you are treated as a contractor, not an employee (basically: nobody can tell you what to do, and you can at any time get a ...
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Would it be inappropriate to use my workplace's postage machine to mail my tax returns?

Yes, it would be inappropriate. It doesn't matter that they are official documents, they're still personal documents - i.e. not part of the company's business. There's no reason your employer should ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

Bring this question to a lawyer. If you believe that any laws have been broken, simply quitting could get legally messy since it is unclear what your employment classification is. A labor attorney ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

Prior to this conversion they were paying a flat $20.00 per hour for your services. Now they're paying $20.00 per hour and additionally paying things like workers compensation, health insurance, 401k, ...
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How to determine amount to be paid back if I was overpaid?

Actually, that's something that your Human Resources or Payroll department should handle. I'd go to them and tell them what happened and ask them to figure it out because taxes and other deductions ...
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Would it be inappropriate to use my workplace's postage machine to mail my tax returns?

I know that sending personal mail (for instance, sending a letter or a package to a personal friend) on the company's bill would be inappropriate or unethical If that's the case at your company, ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

There is a difference, but it typically goes the other way. When you are a 1099 you pay both halves of the FICA and Medicare taxes. When you are a W-2 your employer pays half. Additionally, you ...
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Former employer did not send me the W-2 and is ignoring my emails. What to do?

Save your last pay stub of the year. If an employer refuses to file W-2's, the IRS will accept that as "interim documentation." Employers have until the end of January to file them. Most file them ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

if they are paying you with a check they aren't paying you under the table. They use a check when they want a paper trail, they use cash when they don't want to a paper trail. If they were ...
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Why do 100% remote jobs require employee to reside in state X?

Most likely the company isn’t set up to handle taxes in other states and doesn’t want to deal with that complexity. Realistically, you’d need to move to NC to become a tax resident there. If you ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

The IRS and the federal Department of Labor have a number of good resources about this problem. It's a predicament that has become fairly common, unfortunately, but it's definitely one you can work ...
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Why can't I be paid outside of a pay run, when payroll have made an error?

The reason this is such a headache is because it's not that they haven't paid you but that they have stopped you an incorrect amount of tax. They can't just transfer you the £300 and call it quits ...
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Would it be inappropriate to use my workplace's postage machine to mail my tax returns?

It's inappropriate. It's your private mail. But then, nobody really cares unless you have a first grade penny pincher. But then, should there be an occasion where your company wants to get rid of ...
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My boss never made my fill out a w4 but pays me in checks. Will I end up having to pay taxes if he claims I work for him?

Regardless of a Form W-4 or not, regardless of whether your employer withholds taxes or not, you are still responsible for any income taxes that may be due as a result of your income. Now depending on ...
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Workplace still has me on their payroll and wont delete me

Full disclaimer - I am not an accountant. It sounds like this is almost certainly your former employer's fault rather than HMRC. You're clearly still on the payroll system (which HMRC will have a ...
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Why does it seem like companies are biased against Corp-to-Corp (C2C) contractors?

They are, mainly stemming from their legal department. Despite all the caveats that one may sign legal departments find two main reasons to discourage C2C. The first is the Microsoft lawsuits of ...
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Can I be a self-employed software developer in Germany?

I have been a self-emploeyd developer myself, here in Germany. There are several things you need to consider. You have to register your business with the local authorities. You´ll get a tax-number ...
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What do employers do with the money they withhold for your income tax?

In the US, amounts withheld from income for taxes must be passed to the IRS on either a monthly or semi-weekly basis.
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Salary negotiation: How to explain the US tax system to the company in other country

Is there any way I can explain well and convince them? If your employer has never hired anyone who worked in the US then you could go over the details of the impact on your take home salary. ...
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Agency requires that I create a business to accept contract work. Will I get in trouble with the law for doing this?

Incorporating is relatively cheap (a few hundred dollars) and you can ignore the company later (or wind it up) should you no longer wish to work through it. If you're in Ontario, it provides pretty ...
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I work remotely and use a managed co-working space. The cost of such is tax-deductible for freelancers. What options do permanent contract peole have?

If (as it sounds) you're an employee of the company rather than a contractor then your only option for getting reimbursed for this would be ask your employer if you can expense it. Will they? Well, ...
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What to do when company insists they need personal information they don't, like SIN for a contractor?

This is tricky stuff, and you may have to give. But there are some things you can do. First, to settle any doubt, you are absolutely correct. A company does not need to know your SIN if they are not ...
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Can an employer retroactively change my start date so my tax and NI deductions are correct?

Possible but probably unwise. If your employer registered a correction with HMRC, giving an earlier start date, they would then be liable for back payments of employer's NI and pension contributions. ...
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Is changing employment term contract and asking for a per project rate in current employment good?

A 500% raise is unlikely to happen in your scenario and could cause an issue if discussed. Firstly companies are very wary (quite rightfully so) of having people who cannot be replaced. Secondly you ...
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Just got a job, what can my employer acquire with my personal information?

in the United States your employer will need to do two things: collect taxes from you, and send that money to the proper authorities. They need your SSN in order to do that. The other thing they ...
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Just got a job, what can my employer acquire with my personal information?

Those two documents are standard to prove citizenship and the right to work. As to what can be discerned from them, literally everything, which is why your company can get into a huge amount of ...
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Would it be inappropriate to use my workplace's postage machine to mail my tax returns?

Simple solution, ask your boss. I've sent many an item using the office post (and even via courier from time to time). Each time, I've just asked the boss. If your boss says no, don't push. Just ...
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I suspect my employer filled and signed my W-4

The irs has a tax topic related to this: Topic 753 - Form W-4 – Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate When you hire an employee, you must have the employee complete a Form W-4 (PDF), ...
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