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Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

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JenMarie
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Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

My old boss has some projects he wants me to take on. I know the issue with taxes and needing to put aside around 40%. But is it better if I incorporate myself? We're talking substancial dollars and I just don't want to have any problems down the road. TIA!

Posted 4/11/08 3:26 PM
 
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bicosi
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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

Not necessary at all. Your SS# should be suffice for the 1099.

I would however, make sure that you put whatever deal you're working out in writing and have the company agree and endorse it. That way, you're protected.

Posted 4/11/08 3:32 PM
 

JenMarie
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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

Posted by bicosi

Not necessary at all. Your SS# should be suffice for the 1099.

I would however, make sure that you put whatever deal you're working out in writing and have the company agree and endorse it. That way, you're protected.



Thanks. I have a sample contract, but most of it isn't applicable. Do you think an email outlining the project, expectations on both ends and pay would be sufficient?

Posted 4/11/08 3:38 PM
 

bicosi
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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

Posted by Jennifer907

Posted by bicosi

Not necessary at all. Your SS# should be suffice for the 1099.

I would however, make sure that you put whatever deal you're working out in writing and have the company agree and endorse it. That way, you're protected.



Thanks. I have a sample contract, but most of it isn't applicable. Do you think an email outlining the project, expectations on both ends and pay would be sufficient?



Absolutely! Chat Icon

Posted 4/11/08 3:39 PM
 

karacg
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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

I'd still get an original signature on the email copy....

You can be an Independant Consultant - and your expenses are tax-deferred. Keep a list and receipts for any expenses incurred (ink, gas, paper, whatever! It adds up!). Be sure to put $$ aside for your taxes - you can do quarterly estimated taxes if you want.

Posted 4/11/08 4:03 PM
 

JenMarie
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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

Thank you both!

Posted 4/11/08 4:07 PM
 

Katie111806
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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

No you don't need to be. I have a contract signed by myself and the CFO and controller of the company I do work for that outlines the roles/responsibilities, etc of each party. I also pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis. Definitely keep track of your expenses - I almost fainted when I got my tax return this year!

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Posted 4/11/08 5:44 PM
 

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Re: Do you need to be incorporated to be a consultant?

From a liability standpoint (and often from a tax standpoint), you are better off operating as an LLC or an s-corp.

Posted 4/11/08 5:57 PM
 
 

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