Re: Murrell's contract (WAS something about 1099s)

Subject: Re: Murrell's contract (WAS something about 1099s)
From: Thomas Neuburger <thomasn -at- twelfthnight -dot- com>
To: "Murrell, Thomas" <TMurrell -at- alldata -dot- net>, Tech Writers List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 11:57:58 -0800

Tom -- Your income *must* have been reported to the
US Govt in some way (or someone broke the law), and
you should have gotten a copy of that notification.
That's what W2s and 1099s are, copies of income
reports to the Feds.

Sounds like you got unreported (by them) income.

Tom Neuburger

Subject: RE: W2 vs 1099
From: "Murrell, Thomas" <TMurrell -at- alldata -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 15:31:05 -0500
X-Message-Number: 43

There is one other circumstance that a contract Technical Writer can
encounter in the U. S. and that is the situation in which you are not any
kind of an employee.

The first contract job I did, I was a subcontractor to a firm that itself
had a contract with a major telecommunications company. I submitted
invoices based on my hours worked every two weeks, and I was paid the amount
I invoiced.

When the time came for W-2s and 1099s to be delivered, I didn't get
anything. When I inquired, I learned that I would get nothing. Somehow I
assumed that since I wasn't a W-2 employee, I would get a 1099. That wasn't

Now I did take care of my tax liability as the year went along, so I didn't
suddenly have this monster liability (plus penalties for not having paid the
appropriate taxes quarterly), but it was a good object lesson for me. To
wit, find out what you can expect in the way of documentation for your
contract work.

Just setting the record straight.

Tom Murrell


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