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President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal

On February 9, 2016, President Obama released his Administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. The following identifies the provisions that we believe are most relevant to companies that do business with independent contractors. The proposal descriptions are taken verbatim from the budget proposal. Any commentary is reflected in underlined italics.  1.  Internal Revenue Service Repeal Section 530 Improve Compliance… Read more →

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Proposals Would Continue Pressure on Firms that Do Business with Independent Contractors

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Proposals Would Continue Pressure on Firms that Do Business with Independent Contractors

The following are lightly edited excerpts from the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposals that describe the provisions we believe would be of interest to independent entrepreneurs and their clients. I. Internal Revenue Service A. Increase certainty with respect to worker clas­sification – Section 530 Repeal The Administration proposes: to permit the IRS to issue generally applicable guidance about the… Read more →

Senate HELP Subcommittee Hearing "Payroll Fraud: Targeting Bad Actors Hurting Workers and Businesses"

Senate HELP Subcommittee Hearing “Payroll Fraud: Targeting Bad Actors Hurting Workers and Businesses”

During a November 12, 2013, hearing before the Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, titled Payroll Fraud: Targeting Bad Actors Hurting Workers and Businesses, Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa) announced his introduction that day of the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013, which is expected to be similar to a similarly named bill, S…. Read more →

Fair Playing Field Act of 2012 Seeks to Repeal Section 530

The Fair Playing Field Act of 2012, S. 2145 and H.R. 4123, was introduced on March 1, 2012, by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) and Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash), respectively.  This 2012 bill is the same as the Fair Playing Field Act of 2010, S. 3786 and H.R. 6128, which Senator Kerry and Representative McDermott introduced on September 15, 2010, with one exception. The one… Read more →