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Misclassifying workers is one of the costliest mistakes in all of personnel management. Even as the cost of employing workers rises, facing an audit of workers you put on 1099 can mean an expensive payroll tax assessment – one that often ends in bankruptcy. Although the IRS has remained relatively consistent in their evaluation of working relationships, many states are forcing more and more workers to be put on payroll.What makes an independent contractor? Most of the answer is in that title itself. In order to establish that a worker is not an employee, you must show independence in the working relationship. That is, what factors (pay, tools and equipment, work hours, manner and means of performing services, etc,) does the worker have some or all control over? Then you need to consider the contract under which the worker and the business are bound by. Is there a risk of loss to the worker? Which party is responsible for which expenses? Does the worker have obvious signs of being in business for him or herself? The more an independent contractor agreement looks like an employment agreement, the more likely you are misclassifying those workers.
Mark Schwartz is an employment tax specialist and has over 15 years of employment tax experience as an independent consultant and as a payroll tax auditor with the State of California. He has managed an audit caseload of 20 ongoing audits, from small home-based businesses to large multi-national corporations. He is expert at defining regulatory and statutory requirements from local, State and Federal government agencies; and helping the average businessperson understand what that means to their business. He has processed weekly and bi-weekly payroll checks plus tax forms for businesses with hourly as well as exempt workers, multistate operations and a wide variety of benefits.
Mr.Schwartz provides consulting services encompassing payroll processing and payroll tax issues. These include payroll tax minimization, payroll tax compliance reviews, independent contractor studies, use of electronic transfers, deductions, benefits, etc. Mark has represented both clients and the State in front of the State Appeals Board. He understands the complexities of local wage laws, unemployment and disability claims, and other wage and benefit issues affecting your employees.
Mark prides himself on his outstanding customer service skills. He listens attentively to his clientele, helping them bridge the gap between the small business world and Government bureaucracy. He eagerly assists with clients needs and feels that educating clients toward faster, accurate and more complete payroll processes provide the most value.
Mark is a participating member of the American Payroll Association. He earned his BA and MBA in Finance at Santa Clara University. He has held Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Investment and Derivatives Auditor Credentials. Mark is currently pursuing a Certified Payroll Fundamentals Credential with the American Payroll Association.