The IRS is tightening enforcement of rules concerning independent contractors. The agency plans to randomly examine 6,000 businesses over the next three years to check for misclassification of workers, and it expects to raise more than $7 billion over the next 10 years. Employers aren't required to pay unemployment insurance, workers' compensation insurance or payroll taxes for contractors, but incorrectly using the designation can be costly. Chicago construction firm Mega Builders received a $328,500 state fine for misclassifying 18 workers.
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