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Andy from private IP /all Doing 1099's is my least favorite chore Today is the deadline, and of course I don't have my 1099's done. I have about seven of these to send out, and I need to add up everyone's totals, fill out the 1099, correctly fill out form 1096 with all the totals, and submit it with the grand total. I have my own custom law firm management portal where I have profit and loss, etc., but I only started adding the payee to contract labor entries in July 2023. Thus, I have to go back over my bank statements and compare them with the invoices from my Of Counsel attorneys to see how much I paid them in 2023. That is an extremely tedious task and will probably take me five hours today. Fortunately that trial that was starting on Monday got moved, because this would be crazy otherwise. _reply Wed, 31 Jan 2024 08:43:59 -0800
Andy from private IP /all This is going a lot faster than I thought. Four out of seven done in an hour. Looking good. _reply Thu, 01 Feb 2024 04:50:53 -0800
zerosugar from private IP /all not looking forward to tax season at all. is there any time of the year more depressing than the end of January through early March? february has to be the most miserable month. the only thing i enjoy is when you live somewhere cold and can hibernate and not have to worry about having fun. _reply Thu, 01 Feb 2024 06:59:47 -0800
Wily from private IP /all Are these your firm's associates? You can pay them on 1099, not as employees? _reply Thu, 01 Feb 2024 07:22:18 -0800
Andy from private IP /all @WilyTest In California, there is a new law called the ABC test for employee vs. independent contractor status, but it specifically does not apply to attorneys. Attorney employee status is determined under the Borello test, which is a multi-factor test in which no individual factor is dispositive. I have several Of Counsel attorneys and one associate, a web application programmer, and administrative staff. It's split between 1099's and W-2's depending on the specific arrangements with each person, their role, and their experience level. The web application guy was actually the easiest one to determine, because he sets his own hours, works on all his projects from my office, works outside my usual line of business, and I specify the result only, not the process. Even under the simpler ABC test, he is a contractor, although I offered him either a 1099 or W-2 at his option.
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