SS-8 Form Rev. December 2009 Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding OMB No. 1545-0004 Name of firm or person for whom the worker performed services Worker s name Firm s address include street address apt. Cat. No. 16106T Rev. 12-2009 Form SS-8 Rev. 12-2009 Page Behavioral Control What specific training and/or instruction is the worker given by the firm How does the worker receive...
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Who needs the SS-8 form?

The employees can request the IRS to send them the determination of their Federal employment tax status. It’s a well-known fact that the employers very often don’t want to pay the employment taxes, and they determine their workers as independent contractors, but not as the employees. That influences the worker’s tax status actually because their share of taxes is not withheld. The IRS will provide you with the determination if you complete and send them the determination form SS-8.

What is the purpose of the SS-8 form?

This form allows the individuals and firms to request the IRS about the determination of their worker status: employee or independent contractor. The worker can fill out the form himself or it can be done by the firm where the employee works. The IRS uses the information in the form and sends back the determination of worker’s status. Keep in mind that the IRS can contact the employee or the firm for additional information.

Is the IRS Form SS-8 accompanied by other forms?

As a rule, there is no need to accompany this form by other forms.

How long does it take to fill the form out?

The tax form SS-8 asks for a lot of information and you’ll need approximately 5 hours to complete it.

Which sections should I fill in the IRS SS-8 form?

The worker or the firm has to complete the following sections:

  • Name of the firm, address, fax number, email, trade name, website, telephone, employer’s identification number
  • Worker’s name, address, phone number, email, fax, SSN, worker’s employer identification number
  • General information of the form (who completes the form, reasons for asking the determination, information about the job, etc)
  • Behavioral control
  • Financial control
  • Information about the worker and firm relationship
  • Additional section for service providers and salespersons

The requester must also sign, date the form and type the title.

What do I do with the form after its completion?

The completed and signed form has to be sent to the nearest IRS.


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