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Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.

Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  March 09, 2010

Is The IRS Looking For You?

President Obama is looking for money in nooks and crannies.  One seat cover cushion he’s lifting:  the use of subcontractors.  If the budget is approved, the Internal Revenue Service will add 100 new boots on the ground to crack down on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The IRS isn’t waiting though:  last month they also began a three-year audit of 6,000 companies (2,000 per year).  These audits are chosen by “statistical sampling” — aka random selection.  The size of the company won’t matter.  This is a break from their focus on larger companies with questionable returns.

Who should worry the most?  Small consulting companies who do more than advise for a few clients or any one local admin/fulfillment help in their home office.  Even if the latter is part-time, the IRS could rule they are an employee.  Check with your tax advisor to make sure you can stand the scrutiny.  As if we have time for this…


About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.