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06/13/2011

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Marla Hughes

Boy did that hit home. I was in the same situation as the sister, though I was no relation to my former employers. I was paid as a sub-contractor (1099) for several years, but paid and treated as an employee.
After just giving up figuring out on my own how to fix it, even though I was 'getting away with it', I turned myself in the the IRS (THAT went over well with the former employers...) and am now working with them to fix the time I worked with that employer. I kept putting off learning what I was supposed to do, then when I did find out on my own I could never make enough money to 'get legal' so I finally just quit to go out on my own, committed to not repeating their business practices and making sure my previous slack business habits don't bleed into my new business.
It'll take awhile, but I'm considering any fines/penalties/etc.. as an education in the school of willful ignorance and hard knocks. :-)

Bob Croft

Marla, thanks for the note. I admire your "turning yourself in", to make right your situation - really the only honorable way to do it. Most folks will simply walk away, and hope they're never caught.

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