Using independent contractors can save you a bundle -- but the rules about who qualifies are complicated, and misclassifying a worker can result in serious financial penalties in a state or federal audit. If you hire programmers, writers, designers, marketing consultants, nurses, janitors, telemarketers, drivers or anyone else on a contractual basis, you need Hiring Independent Contractors. This book shows you how to: *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 4th edition is completely revised to reflect the latest laws and court rulings. It also features an entirely new chapter that takes you through a four-step process to classify workers for federal tax purposes. The book comes with all the contracts you'll need, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.