Written by Tom Murtha on December 5, 2023 in Uncategorized

Understanding 1099 Employment

In the evolving American labor market, 1099 employment has become a significant aspect for many working individuals. This form of employment represents a category of work that differs from traditional full-time employment. Understanding 1099 employment is crucial for both workers and employers to understand the responsibilities and expectations of both parties. 

1099 employment refers to a working arrangement where the employee is considered an independent contractor. This impacts how individuals are paid, taxed and their relationship with the employer. Unlike traditional employment, 1099 workers are responsible for their taxes, rather than having taxes withheld in their paychecks. 

1099 workers can offset their amount due on taxes by making estimated payments throughout the year. They are also eligible to deduct reasonable business expenses, such as milage and home office expenses. 

While independent contractors have more flexibility with their schedule and work location, they are not eligible to receive benefits such as health insurance, paid leave or retirement plans. 1099 employees are also responsible for providing a certificate of insurance each year to their employer. 

1099 employment offers both benefits and challenges for independent contractors. It can provide flexibility and potential cost savings, but it comes with an increased responsibility when it comes to taxes and legal matters. 

Speak with an accountant at Murtha & Murtha CPAs for more info.

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