Hiring Temporary Employees

Churches often have lots of tax and legal questions when hiring temporary employees.

Temporary employees are still employees; not independent contractors.
An employee working in a church — whether the job is temporary or permanent, part-time or full-time — is an employee of the church. It is illegal for the church to treat a temporary worker as an independent contractor. The “employee” classification is not determined by how much you are paid or the amount of time you work for the church; it is determined by the nature of the work performed.

The church is required to withhold taxes from your wages. 
Employment tax requirements are determined by the amount of the gross wages paid to an employee. 

The church is required to withhold payroll taxes from any wages and then report and pay those taxes to the tax agencies .At the end of the year, the church should provide a W-2 Form detailing the wages as well as the taxes that were pre-paid throughout the year.


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