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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 23. Taxation
Agency 10. Department of Taxation
Chapter 500. Business, Professional and Occupational License Tax Regulations
9/24/2020

23VAC10-500-130. Employees and Independent Contractors.

A. Employees are generally not engaged in a licensable business separate from that of their employer. Therefore, a license obtained by the employer generally covers the activities of any employees.

B. An independent contractor is engaged in a business separate from that of the person who contracts for the independent contractor's services. Therefore, if one licensable business subcontracts some of its business to an independent contractor, the primary business may not deduct from its taxable gross receipts any payments to an independent contractor even though the independent contractor or subcontractor is also taxable on its gross receipts.

C. The determination as to whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor is based on common law principles and is affected by factors such as control, who furnishes materials, and other factors.

D. Localities are entitled to rely upon the classification of a person as an employee or independent contractor for federal payroll tax purposes unless the taxpayer demonstrates that the classification for federal payroll tax purposes is erroneous or inapplicable.

Statutory Authority

§ 58.1-3701 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 24, Issue 23, eff. October 6, 2008.

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