You may have heard about the IRS crackdown on misclassifying workers and the penalties that your business or homeschool program could face if your business is audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For a true but sad story about the Landry Academy read this.
What can you do to avoid the IRS penalties?
The IRS has a program called the Voluntary Classification Settlement program (VCSP) .
Eva Rosenberg, the Tax Mama, explains the IRS Voluntary Classification Settlement Program in plain, clear English. Just the way your mama would talk to you.
The VCSP (aka the IRS amnesty program) allows employers to avoid the penalties for paying your workers as Independent Contractors when they should have been paid as employees.
For those employers who do apply for the VCSP, the savings can be substantial. For example, take a calculation based on unreported payroll of $625,000 in the prior year. Under the amnesty, the full payment to the IRS would be under $6,600. Without the amnesty, with the IRS looking back for only three years, it would cost the employer over $292,000 (for six years, over $620,000).
One homeschool group leader decided to apply for the IRS amnesty program and convert her tutors to employees. She said, “For $145 (her fee to the IRS), I can sleep better at night knowing the IRS won’t audit me or make me pay a penalty.”
Carol Topp, CPA
Helping homeschool leaders