James A. Elliott, Certified Public Accountant

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"I'm here to help you save time, money, and trouble"

5319 SW Westgate Dr.,
Suite 109
Portland, OR 97221
Tel:    503.292.2100
Fax:   503.292.9424



The IRS is very clear about the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Are you?

EMPLOYEES work only for you using your premises and equipment under your supervision.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS do similar work for you and their other clients.

For example, a janitorial service that cleans many buildings using its own equipment and employees is an independent contractor. A teenage friend of the family who cleans only your building using your vacuum cleaner is an employee of your company. It is important to analyze your workers to see which category they fit. If you are unsure, it is very likely that the worker is an employee rather than an independent contractor.

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