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New York Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Independent Contractors - The 1099 Myth

There is a myth about IRS Form 1099. It is a creation myth of sorts that fools otherwise honest, hardworking business people into believing that they have no employees. The myth is that if you pay a worker without withholding employment taxes and report payments with IRS Form 1099, the worker is an independent contractor. It's not true - even if the worker is in full agreement with the payment arrangement.