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West Palm Beach Employment, Labor & Business Lawyers > VIDEO FAQS > EMPLOYMENT LAW – REPRESENTING EMPLOYERS > What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

The primary difference between an independent contractor and an employee is the amount of control that the employer exerts over that individual. If the employer does not dictate to that individual the times to do the job, as well as the method in which they’re going to do it, and other terms of the employment, then they’re more likely going to be characterized as an independent contractor.

However, if the employer is telling the employee that they have to work a certain number of hours, including dictating the time to be there and the time to leave, and how to do the job, then that employee is going to be considered an employee by the IRS, even if the employer characterizes them as an independent contractor.

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