by Grand Forks Herald
March 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm in Grand Forks Herald
Tucked away in the president’s 256-page budget proposal is language that would make it difficult for people to have the option of working for themselves. Continue Reading
Tags: Budget, independent contractors, op-ed columns, Opinion, Realtors, updates 1 Comment »
The feds have been trying to clamp down on Independent Contractor status for as long as I can remember. In some instances they are correct. Many unscrupulous business owners who do not want to pay employee taxes make minimum wage laborers “independent contractors” as a way to enhance their bottom line. That is illegal, immoral, unethical, and wrong. They need caught and brought to heel.
Unfortunately, since it is impossible to write a law that solves one problem without causing unintended consequences, people like the author have their livelihood threatened. I wish there was a more sophisticated way to discriminate between those who are legitimate Independent Contractors (I do consulting work on the side so I understand his dilemma) and disreputable business owners who are simply trying to scam the system.
Wait: there is a way! It is called a flat tax. How much did you earn from any and every source (wages, side jobs, interest, rental properties, drug deals, gambling, etc etc etc) and give 15% to the Feds without any deductions.
If this was our tax code this would be a moot point. Social Security is part of the 15%.
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