Fired after First Day

Discussion in 'Employment' started by cutman2000, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im wondering if I should just write a straight hourly check to this employee(without withholding taxes). He was fired at the end of the day(partial day). I'm thinking that it's not worth putting him into our system(paper work, etc.). Anyone have any thoughts on this? Please answer only if you have employees and have experience with this from the employer perspective. Thanks!
     
  2. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You could just treat him as a day laborer. And pay out the cash.
    I've done it both ways.
     
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  3. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, that's what Im thinking of doing, but just paying it on Friday(today) but with a check, no withholding deductions.
     
  4. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Member
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    Pay him out by check (no taxes withheld) and issue him a 1099 so he knows he has to pay his own taxes.
     
  5. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Everyone I hire is W4 employee. How do I issue a 1099?
     
  6. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Member
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    We've only issued 1099s to sub contractors before. After thinking about this further, I would actually just have my payroll company cut the guy a check and do the withholdings. I think that will actually be easier.

    You have his personal info and he filled out his payroll forms right? If not, (and if it's to late to get it), I would probably mail him a check and put something like "payment in full for 5 hours of labor on (insert date).

    Can you ask your CPA or payroll company for clarification?
     
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  7. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I know in Canada where I am you can1099 someone if they make less than $600 without them actually being a real subcontractor. You don't have to send them a form but they are responsible to pay taxes.

    I don't know if that is to make it easier for the companies who go through dozens of labourers every year or what but I need to look into it myself. I had one guy who only made it 5 hours so I just gave him $100 cash.
     
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  8. Mumblingboutmowers

    Mumblingboutmowers LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's the same here in the U.S. 1099 not needed for less than $600
     
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Look up your state law on day labor
    In most states if the employee earns under $500 you can just pay him cash

    Some states day labor has to be unrelated to your actual business (like you paid the guy to move a couch and paint the office)

    Oh and make sure he wasn’t working a Davis bacon job or something like that

    But many states do have something to handle what you’re talking about
     
  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 14,090

    Oh

    And you don’t have to pay him anymore than minimum wage.
     

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