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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Johnson: Settle Withholding by the Dollars, Not Control

Tax AnalystsCalvin H. Johnson (Texas), Settle Withholding by the Dollars, Not Control, 136 Tax Notes 949 (Aug. 20, 2012):

Current law requires withholding tax from compensation paid to employees but not to independent contractors. The current law definition of independent contractor is vague and arbitrary, with the standard using a tort standard of control. Withholding improves the efficiency of interim reports and tax collection, and increases tax compliance. Refunds improve the taxpayer’s attitude toward his government. The proposal discussed in this article would replace the employee/independent-contractor test with a bright-line rule. Withholding would be required of any employer with more than two fulltime workers. Households expected to pay more than $2,000 a month for one employee would also be required to withhold.

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Comments

" Refunds improve the taxpayer’s attitude toward his government."

Is this from a tax journal or from The Onion? (ya, I know where it's from).

Wow, another small business nightmare. Swell.

Posted by: save_the_rustbelt | Aug 26, 2012 4:56:51 PM