Managing Subcontractor Internal Revenue Risks


Accounts Payable is more than paying an invoice


Subcontractor Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Payable Requirements

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Payroll and tax liability works long after an installation project is complete and a subcontractor is paid.

W9 requirements – If you’ve hired an independent contractor to complete your installation, you’ll need to make sure they complete a Form W-9. This form will have a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and should be kept on file for four years. If the independent contractor or someone from the IRS has questions about payroll or taxes, this will have the info you’ll need to start with.

1099-MISC Filings – Have you paid your subcontracted employee more than $600 for the services they provided to you? If so, a Form 1099-MISC will need to be filed. After the form is completed, make a copy of it. File one away for yourself and give one to your subcontractor. You have until January 31 of the following year to provide this form to both the IRS and the subcontractor.

Form 668-W – Companies whose 1099 subcontractors have outstanding taxes will receive a Form 668-W from the federal government and will have to first respond to the notice, then manage their pay/wages to be paid to the IRS. By law your company will have to respond to notice even if no future wages to be paid, potentially for future years.

IRS Definition of Employee / Subcontractor – Is your company responsible for withholding and paying taxes or is your subcontractor responsible? Although there isn’t a single factor that determines if your worker is an employee or a subcontractor, the IRS notes that the courts categorize the factors three ways:

  1. Behavioral Control – If your company trains the subcontractor and controls and directs how the work gets done, this is behavioral control. The worker you train and instruct is considered an employee. An easy way to know the difference: Subcontractors come in with prior knowledge and don’t need to be trained. Independent contractors also might come in with their own equipment and tools.
  2. Financial Control – If your company can control the economic aspects of what’s being done, i.e. expenses, significant investment or opportunities for profits or losses, this would mean you have financial control.
  3. Relationship of the parties – Based on documentation such as employee benefits and written contracts, you’ll be able to determine the relationship of the parties. This is simply how you and whomever you’ve hired, view your working relationship.

Form SS-8 – Because it can still be confusing, the IRS can help you decide . Simply fill out, or have your subcontractor fill out, a Form SS-8. Once it’s received by your local IRS office, they’ll make the decision for you.

What you can do

A good way to ensure you’re hiring a subcontractor, not an employee, is to create and document a process for your company to reference, fully understand the IRS forms W-9, 1099-MISC, Form 668-W and SS-8 required to outsource work to subcontractors and ask your subcontractor to provide financials showing they are current on tax filings and payments.


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We have the skills necessary to pick up where you need us. Our key to success lies in our method: initiating collaboration, planning the project, executing the project with efficiency, tact and monitoring the success of the project as it moves toward completion. 

Quality is a crucial part of the work we do; since our inception, we’ve completed 10,000+ installations.  Outsourcing LAN Project Management could save hours of FTE for your business and allow your employees to maintain their primary responsibilities while adding value to the business. When your employees have the time and bandwidth to focus on their primary tasks, they spend less time rushing through day-to-day jobs to get the work done and the quality of work your employees produce will reflect positively on your business, just as we will do for the LAN project.

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Removing risk begins with removing assumptions

Communication, Documentation and Seeing Around Corners are the big three roles for risk mitigation.


Early, Frequent and granular communication streamlines any project, but especially WAN Ethernet installations with construction requirements.  


Documentation is critical.  Email communications, project agreements, field notes and project conversations should all be recorded and appropriatly dispersed immediatly.

Seeing Around Corners

It is all about expierence.  Knowing what questions to ask, what tasks to prioritize and which stakeholders to approach (and in which order) is paramount to project success.

Learning through experience

We are continously learning and adjusting to make our process better.  We install hundreds of projects each quarter for our customers…and we use that expierence to make future customer expierences better.

Sometimes you should take the road more traveled.



Initial Planning

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