to clarify my earlier post to this issue
I work for a private Investgiation company. Half of the employees have their own PI. license and work as subcontractors. The other half (LIKE ME) do not have a license and work as an regular employee. The company is headquartered in Massachusettes. I live and work in California. They send me assignments over the internet and I drive to the specified location, anywhere from 30 - 400 miles a day. They pay hourly to travel, and they pay me hourly to work. However, I am not receiveing any mileage money, or any vehicle allowance. I am only paid the exact cost of gas after I turn in the gas pump receipt. According to CA law, it states that they are supposed to pay for employee expenses. ie.. Internet, cell phone, camcorder, laptop, broadband, office supplies, etc ... However this company is NOT paying for anything except the hours worked. I was told that since half of the employees work for themselves as subcontractors that they treat all the employees the same. What should I do about all these expenses I am incurring? It is costing me at least 30-40% of my money just to keep working for them and keep my car on the road. Who else should I ask? If they do not pay for any of these expenses should I just go to HnR block and have them deal with it? PLEASE HELP I haven't done my taxes yet and they are due today!!