Parents Indepependently Contract Stupidity
I have been the nanny for a wonderful family for almost one year. When I started work last year, we agreed upon and signed a contract. The parents asked me if I would mind being an independent contractor. Being naive, I accepted this. I had no idea then what I was getting myself into. The last year has been amazing. My charge is great, and his parents treat me well. I had no complaints about my job. Until Tax season rolled around.
I went to a tax professional. We went through the whole tax process, she told me how much I owed. I expected to owe money, but not as much as I did. But I paid the IRS, and life went on. A few weeks ago, I learned some information. I was told that a nanny is NOT an independent contractor, and that if I was smart, I would bring this to my employers' attention toward the end of our one year contract. I know that I agreed to be an IC for one year, but at this point, I just don't think it's fair. I spoke with my MB who told me that I have to be an IC because I'm not a "real" nanny, She stated this because I do not drive my charge around. She said that I only clean up after him and not them (MB&DB), so therefore, that only puts me at babysitter status. I disagree.
An IC works for many clients, sets their own hours and pay, and does the job how they want to. I work full time at the hours they set. The pay me what they can afford (in fact, they are cutting some hours so they can pay me less), and I have to do the job the way MB and DB ask me to. I plan on bringing this information up this week, as I want to get this conversation over with before the contract is up. Everything I said at the conversation was shot down by MB. Does any one have any advice as how to handle this? P.S. I am not trying to get out of paying taxes. I believe it is my duty to pay them, and I only plan to ever have jobs that are legal. I only want to know whether I am being completely unreasonable by believing I should be considered a household employee instead of an independent contractor.
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