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Q: Could our ministry owe taxes or workers' compensation benefits in connection with independent contractors?

...It is possible. Liability will be determined based on tax requirements, contractor status, and workers' compensation requirements...

Q: Does our ministry's workers' compensation policy cover independent contractors?

...Generally speaking, a truly “independent” contractor will not be covered by your ministry’s workers’ compensation policy...

Q: How can our ministry identify an independent contractor for tax purposes?

...When determining whether or not a worker is an independent contractor, the IRS says that ministries need to evaluate three categories...

Q: How might our ministry be liable for the acts of an independent contractor?

...When a ministry hires an independent contractor, or “agent,” the ministry may be held responsible for certain acts of its agent that cause harm to others...

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