In case you work at a certain organization or firm, you should have special employment status. This status is very crucial because it directly influences the employment tax for you and not only you: your employer as well pays that tax on your behalf. But when you are misclassified as an independent contractor, you might get stuck with some issues related to Social Security and Medicare charges. And that is exactly the situation when you will have to pull up an IRS Form 8919.
In short, Form 8919 is used to record the amount of unpaid Social Security and Medicare payments owed to you as compensation if you were an employee, but your employer treated you as an independent contractor. Filling out Form 8919 will permit one to credit all social security income to one’s social security account.
Some organizations may hire a person as an independent contractor. But the IRS can classify that person as an employee, and it depends on how the job position is structured.
The difference between these two working statuses is that a self-governing contractor normally chooses by themselves how and when to perform their working tasks. Henceforth, if an owner of the organization keeps the ability to control the workload, then the working status is an employee, not a self-governing contractor.
Another strategy to classify a worker is to look at the equipment provided.
A worker who utilizes instruments and facilities held by the employer can be thought of as an employee since the independent contractor normally has their own devices to work with.
The reasons why one may choose to complete Form 8919 are listed below:
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The first step is to enter the full name of the person who writes out and files this form. In case the person who files the form is married, their spouse must complete a separate application in case they, as well, need to file the form;
Input Social Security Info
On the right side of the page, make sure to fill out your personal Social Security Number;
Complete the table in the next step:
Provide additional data
In line 6, combine everything from line 1 to line 5 in column ‘f’ and enter the sum in the spare space;
In line 8, one must write out the full social security wages and social security tips (sum of boxes 3 and 7 on W-2), RRTA compensation (subject to the 6.2% rate), and unreported tips subject to social security tax from Form 4137, line 10;
In line 9, fill out the spare space. You just have to subtract line 8 from line 7. If line 8 is more than line 7, enter ‘0’ here and on line 10 as well;
Fill out social security tax wages
In line 10, fill out the wage subjected to social security tax. Enter the smallest amount of line 6 or line 9;
In line 11, you should put the product of multiplication of the sum of line 10 by 0.062 (this is a social security tax rate);
In line 12, you must put the product of multiplication of the sum of line 6 by 0.0145 (this is a Medicare tax rate);
Complete the form
In line 13, one must add line 11 to line 12 and put the result in the spare space.
As you see, it is really easy to mix up something in Form 8919, so make sure to read the instructions provided on the form and read the guidelines provided above.