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Workmans Comp

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jamesgateslandscaping, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    Im a small company, I have about 2-3 employees which are seasonal and make no more than 3K/year (Im still in school and can't take on to much). Do I need workmans comp for employees that are between 16-18 years of age and make only that much?
  2. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    Yes you need workers comp no matter how old or how much they make. If they are employees you will also have to pay their Social Security, Medicare, etc., and pay their federal and state taxes that you take out of their checks. Call your state or visit their website to get more information. It is a pain and an expense to add employees and do it legally. good luck
  3. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    Yes you need it. Not only is it the legal way to do biz, but its also the responsible thing to do for your employees. Even if they are part-timers, they could cut off a hand or foot...lose an eye....at least they would have something for their injury.
  4. Green Earth

    Green Earth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    It is based on your payroll. Its also a great tax write off for your business !
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    If you have less than 3 employees its not required, but its a good idea. But thats in FL, and I think it varies for state to state.

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    same here in missouri lawnman
  7. Green lawns

    Green lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Don't run your business without it. If you have employee's you must have insurance. Worker comp. and with hold all payroll taxes for each employee. I use ADP for our payroll service.
  8. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    Thanks guys, my payroll will be between 12-15K this year for all of my employees, How much am I looking at in cost? I want everything to be legal, I dont want to be a low baller :eek:
  9. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    Once again it will vary from state to state but it would be about $1300 for the year in FL.
  10. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    A great tax write off is when you receive something in return that is tangible. Workers comp is needed to protect you and your people.

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