Mark E. Battersby

Mark E. Battersby

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Why do many travel agents covet the label "independent contractor?" At its most basic, the long-running employee-independent contractor controversy boils down to the argument that by labeling a worker as an independent contractor, an employer can avoid the voluminous paperwork and payroll tax burden.
A key step in managing the expenses of any home-based travel business is understanding what things actually cost. Sure, your pens cost this much and your phone bill is that much, but do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a travel package or simply to open for business each day?
The much-discussed tax GAP-the difference between what taxpayers should have paid and what they actually paid-comes to a staggering $345 billion, and lawmakers are pressing the Internal Revenue Service to get more aggressive about reducing it. Read on for how to comply with the laws.