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Why does the IRS think I'm an employer?

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8:00 pm
February 18, 2014


Edward Antrobus

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Post edited 8:19 am – February 21, 2014 by Edward Antrobus


For my publishing business, I paid royalties to my authors for the first time last year and submitted 1099-MISC to each of them and the IRS. I did have to order them because apparently you can't use the form found online I then filled out my tax return with the appropriate Schedule C information.

 

Today I received in the mail "Publication 15 – Employers Tax Guide" Umm, I don't have employees. My authors fail every test for employee-employer relationship. Do I need to be worried that they are going to audit me to figure that out?

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3:22 pm
February 20, 2014


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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Don't think you should have to worry since you are following all of the guidelines. Might be a good idea to call a tax professional to be sure though.

8:51 pm
February 20, 2014


Untemplater

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That doesn't make sense to me because employees aren't issued 1099s, they're issued W2s. So maybe the mailing was triggered by something else? 

 

You can always try calling the IRS and have them look up your records to make sure nothing weird shows up. I've had to call the IRS a few times and always found them surprisingly helpful.

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8:20 am
February 21, 2014


Edward Antrobus

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Untemplater said:

That doesn't make sense to me because employees aren't issued 1099s, they're issued W2s. So maybe the mailing was triggered by something else?

But a lot of people try to commit tax fraud, sometimes not even realizing it, by claiming their employees are contracted help.

 I'm looking for editors, beta-readers, and some demographic research for my upcoming novel, Once Upon a Saturn Moon. If you like reading soft sci-fi thrillers, maybe with a touch of romance thrown in, you can find more information at http://seampublishing.com/once…..aturn-moon

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