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3. The Case of the Imported Vendor Information


The case of the missing vendor information had all the earmarks of an unsolvable case. Ernest "The Chalk" Johnson refused to leave a paper trail.
Each week, Walter would give his contractor Ernest a W-9. Each week, Ernest would disappear without returning the vital information.
In earnest, Walter tried to get information out of his bakery's chalk artist … but Ernest would not fill out the form.
Then Walter had a thought. If anyone knew how to get the information out of Ernest, it would be Tax1099.
A call and a couple clicks later, Walter had Ernest right where he wanted him.
With Tax1099, Walter had documentation of a e-solicitation of W-9 information.
The best part - all it took to request the W-9 was Ernest's email address. Read more about the case here.


Walter pulled into the cobblestone driveway and walked up the overgrown path to the front door.  He reached for the doorbell. The door flung open, and an …

2. The Case of the Missing Vendor Information


Walter had always been one for a good mystery. But this mystery involved higher stakes than Walter could stomach. Classify a worker incorrectly, and there would be IRS penalties to pay.
Luckily, Walter had a good head on his shoulders and some good resources in his back pocket. Now, he has no problem differentiating employees and contractors. Wondering how he cracked the case?


Walter nods hello to the new cashier, Marni, on his way to the back office of Bread, Bagel, & Butter. Marni made his life so simple. She turned in all her new hire paperwork right away.
Ernest, on the other hand ... Walter draws the blinds on his office windows and sinks into his cracked leather chair. Remembering a time before fear of IRS penalties seemed to control him, Walter rubs his temples.

Walter had hired Ernest as a menu board artist for Bread, Bagel, & Butter three weeks earlier. Walter had worked long hours to discover if the IRS wo…

1. The Case of the Employee vs. the Contractor

From the moment he brushed the chalk from his fingers, Walter knew. This “Ernest” was going to be trouble.

Two weeks had passed since Walter hired Ernest “The Chalk” Johnson. For two weeks, Ernest had created chalk art for the menu boards of Walter’s Bread, Bagel, & Butter bakery. And the question still lingered:

Does the IRS consider Ernest “The Chalk” Johnson an employee or a contractor?

Here at Tax1099, powered by Zenwork, we strive to simplify your tax filing process. You may not realize that this process begins the moment you hire a worker. You are responsible for collecting information from that worker. An important step is classifying the worker.
What do we mean by “classifying the worker?”

Drawing a distinction between employees and contractors can be difficult. Just ask Walter.
Walter from Bread, Bagel, & Butter hired three workers:
Vivian, to construct a new display case for the bread and bagels,Marni, to work the front counter, andErnest, to create chalk art for the bakery…