I'm solo, but sometimes I get some larger jobs where I'd like a helper, and I've got some friends in need of extra cash that wouldn't mind helping me out for a day here and there. How do I go about doing this legally? Obviously I need to check with my insurance agent and make sure I'm covered for employees, but what sort of tax forms do I need to do - do I just make him fill out a W-4 like a regular employee, or is there a seperate form I'm supposed to do for a temporary employee? I tried to do a search on this, but it just came up with lots of unrelated posts, and searching the IRS site is like looking for a needle in a haystack, so I thought I'd ask here first. And is there a simple way to figure out payroll and withholding for one guy, one day, or do I need to get an accountant to do it? I know there's lots of solo guys that hire helpers on occasion, and I don't want to do it under the table, so I figured surely someone would know how to do this legally. Thanks.