Paying a Dental Associate as a W-2 and as a 1099?

The issue of employee vs. IC has always been a highly debated topic, especially in the dental world.

While the debates almost always revolve around associate dentists, owners should also know that the issue can also arise with other IC’s they pay.

For example, I got a call yesterday from a client where one of his assistants wants to make more money and offered to clean the office after hours instead of having him pay the cleaning company.

So the question is, when doing the cleaning would this person be an employee or an IC? It’ll depend on the circumstances surrounding this specific situation and the person/company (hint, hint) doing the cleaning.

Anyway, below is a link to some recent material from the IRS concerning the issue, which is what prompted this blog.


IRS Regulations About W-2 vs 1099

This first appeared on NewDocs.

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