If your business hires independent contractors, freelancers or consultants, this book is for you -- and essential. Working with independent contractors can save you a bundle -- but the rules regarding who qualifies are complicated, and misclassifying a worker can result in serious financial penalties from your state or IRS. If you hire programmers, writers, designers, marketing consultants, nurses, janitors, telemarketers, drivers -- in a word, anyone -- on a contractual basis, you need Working With Independent Contractors. This book shows you how to: *create a valid contract *assess who qualifies as an independent contractor *hire ICs without risking an audit *retain ownership of intellectual property when using ICs *handle an IRS audit *take advantage of the IRS's "Safe Harbor" law The 5th edition -- completely revised to reflect the latest laws and court rulings-- includes detailed examples of how a business should hire freelancers. The book comes with all the contracts you'll need, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.