My question involves independent contractors in the state of: Nevada
I worked for a company here in NV for 9 years as an employee. In Dec of 2008 we were told that the company is going to shut down as of Jan 1 2009. As the end of December approached the owner came to the three of us and said the she needs us to work the month of January to take care of the back log of equipment that we need to build and ship. Payment would be made from there other company that owned the building that we worked in and we would be paid weekly. Also stated we could report this income or not that she was not going to report the payments. Well as time went on January passed and the payment started to very from every week to every two weeks to three weeks. The checks we received had no taxes taken out of them also at the bottom of the checks were reference numbers and the title Bill.
I finally left the company for lack of payment and went to the labor board and filed to get my 3 weeks pay that was owed to me. I received my money at the prehearing but they stated that I am a contractor and if I pursue the fact that I am an employee they would sue me for all of the pentalies and taxes. Can they do this?
What should I do on my income taxes? Do I need to talk to a lawyer?
From January 09 to June 09 I reported to work at the same time every day as I did for the past 9 years, I used the companies tools, and followed the direction from both owners as to what to work on and when.
My question is am I a contractor or employee? I received a 1099 from them