employee or not to employee

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Weekly Weeder, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Weekly Weeder

    Weekly Weeder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I have been awarded my first commercial job after trying for several years.And it was followed by another one.Problem is they both have a ton of trimming and I could stand some help,but only about 10 hours a week over a 2 day period.If I could find someone that wanted the extra income and would be willing to do the work, do I need workers comp?If not( if so) can I deduct the amount payed to said employee on my taxes?
    I have been p/t solo with 18-20 res. accounts for five years.I have been insured and had a registered (licensed) business name since day one.The employee thing is giving me a headache.Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    yes you will need workers comp plus you will have to withhold taxes and pay them and your match every quarter, you will also have to pay into the unemployment fund.
  3. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    Some states do not require worker comp untill you employee 3 or more people. Check with your state. You can probably do that on line. Try it you'll like have a helper.
  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  5. Weekly Weeder

    Weekly Weeder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for the info.I will check-out your suggestions
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    TX is 5......

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