The State of the Self-Employed survey, conducted by Intuit’s QuickBooks just before the start of the pandemic, found that nearly 30% of the nation’s workers—or 44 million people—were self-employed at some point during 2019. Meanwhile, 14% of workers said being an independent contractor was their primary job.
With this many people identifying as self-employed, it’s no wonder the federal government is reviewing regulations to determine a federal standard. The problem is that identifying an independent contractor, sometimes known as a 1099 worker, can be a confusing compliance challenge for employers. It is important that employers correctly identify a worker as either an employee or independent