Is your homeschool co-op’s hired teacher really an employee?

A homeschool nonprofit I work with called me quite frantic.  They had received a letter form the IRS.  It seems that a former teacher of one of their classes  was asking for an examination of her status as an independent contractor (using IRS Form SS-8).  She thought that she should be classified as an employee of this homeschool nonprofit.  If the IRS agrees with this worker, the homeschool organization may have to pay back taxes (Social Security and Medicare) and perhaps penalties.

Fortunately this homeschool group did many things right:

1. They had all their paid teachers sign a Independent Contractor Agreement.
2. They did not control the content of the class, nor dictate to the teacher what curriculum she must use.
3. They offered no benefits to teachers.
4. They did not train their teachers.

How about your homeschool group?  Would you pass an IRS examination?  Do your hired teachers sign an Independent Contractor agreement?  Do you avoid controlling their work as you might an employee?  Here’s a helpful brochure regarding employee or independent contractor status (IRS Pub 1779).

I’ve written about paying teachers in a homeschool co-op setting:

Paying teachers in a homeschool co-op

W-2 and tax filings for teachers

Carol Topp, CPA

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2 Responses to Is your homeschool co-op’s hired teacher really an employee?

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