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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Oh Howard.. I'm "laughing and I don't know why". Guess it's the end of the day in a hectic work week. Thanks for the humor you gave us up front.

OK, so what if someone is in your situation (or similar) but are from Canada. We wouldn't want to be paid anything just get a free site.

It might be easy to prove the job was a volunteer job and not a job that was bartered for...We'll just tell the government the job was found on volunteer.gov, not barter.com. :)

Okay, so if you don't get a 1099 or a W2 for the site and/or the money you receive, it appears that being dishonest is by far the easier route. I am joking here just a bit but all jokes aside it sure seems that the IRS does make it difficult to do the legal thing. I wonder why that is? Doesn't that seem a little backward? Oh yes, I forgot, we are dealing with the IRS here!

Complicated, very complicated. Way TOO complicated. You'd have to be a tax attorney or an accountant to figure this out for yourself, or pay one of those to figure it out for you. That's why I'm a big fan of the Fairtax proposal. Want to minimize your taxes? Then don't buy; buy at the lowest price you can find; or buy used - no accountant fees necessary. Of course even then you'd still have to deal with state issues if you workcamped in a state that still had an income tax.

Thanks for sorting this out, Howard.

Howard, Don't forget that a 1099 for contract work does not have to be issued unless it is for $500 or over. Most places will follow that rule just to avoid the paper work involved with 1099 record keeping.

If working for the U.S. government or a U.S. state or for a charity or non-profit, the same rules apply for Canadian residents. Not taxable unless value of benefits exceed minimum wage for hours worked. By the way, I am still working on getting the exact law on that. That info came from full-timer Kirk Wood who has done lots of volunteer work for the U.S.

If you are working for a private employer, once again, the same rules apply for Canadians. If the site meets the tests, non-taxable. If it does not, it is a "barter" transaction and the value of the site is taxable and should be reported.

Now, I have not researched the laws of Canada to see what you would be required to report there. It was tough enough to find it here. :)

Employers are only required to issue a 1099 on amounts over $600, but you are correct that many won't. However, not receiving a 1099 does not relieve us from our obligation to report taxable income. Just because the employer can save on paperwork the law does not say that also means the amount we earned is not reportable. Not receiving a 1099 only means that there is less documentation to catch us if we don't report. :)

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