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Which one of the California tax forms are used for independent contractors?

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The California tax form that is used for an independent contractor is the Form 1099-MISC. This is also the form that is used by the federal government. However, there are specific requirements for the reporting of wages paid to an independent contractor.

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The independent contractor must be either a sole proprietorship or an individual working on their own. In addition, a business must either pay the contractor $600 in a tax year or sign a contract with the contractor for a minimum of $600.

California law requires that businesses report these earnings to the Employment Development Department within 20 days of paying the independent contractor $600 for services. This submission is done on the Report of Independent Contractor(s) DE 542 form.

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