Bloomberg Tax
Oct. 2, 2019, 4:02 PM

California Tax Officials Try to Help Gig Workers With Confusing Rules

Laura Mahoney
Laura Mahoney
Staff Correspondent

A new California law that would likely reclassify many workers as employees instead of independent contractors could provide relief for gig economy workers struggling to document and report their income because of confusing California tax rules.

Most gig workers, because they aren’t employees, don’t receive tax documents such as the 1099-K for payment card and third-party network transactions, panelists told the three-member California Franchise Tax Board during a special meeting about the gig economy and tax compliance Oct. 1.

Without that document, workers aren’t sure if they have to include the income on a tax return, or if the ...

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