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No, these services have not cleared

Posted By: IC on 2008-07-31
In Reply to: let me put it to you this way - Snow Bunny

it with their legal staff. If they did, they would not be advertising IC status and flexible schedules, then presenting a contract that requires Tuesday through Saturday, set hours, or Sunday thru Thursday, set hours. No, no one has to accept a contract, and I certainly would not under those conditions. I bet there are a lot of MTs though who need jobs, don't know the law, and who are willing to accept a contract under those conditions. However, it is ILLEGAL under IRS guidelines. If the national MTSOs have consulted their attorneys, then pray tell why are they hiring ICs, controlling their schedules? Under those circumstances, they are considered employees under the law, and these large nationals KNOW IT. I'd fire my attorney if I was told it was okay to operate under the screen of IRS detection. No, you do not have to shy away from services and find your own accounts. Get real. I subcontract to MTSOs, albeit smaller ones, as an IC, and do not have my own accounts. Right now, I am under contract to only 1, and I am not breaking any IRS laws in doing so.

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wherever and whenever possible.  To make this an effective deterrent to these companies, it would have to gain large media-wide attention, encouraging Americans to boycott companies who offshore and their products, services or anything else they have to offer - might start by enlightening them (U.S. consumers) - "They need YOU more than you need THEM, so make yourself heard! OR ELSE - WHERE WILL YOUR CHILDREN WORK???
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