Yes, your response rings loud and clear and answers our concerns with respect to this relationship.
Under the circumstances, we are inclined to offer a new employee relationship and put him on payroll IF our doing so will not rock the boat, launch a new inquisition from an "aggressive" jurisdiction into what has been done in the past, and find us entangled in an employment nightmare. We also do not wish to rock the boat for the previous owner, assuming he is liable.
Please forward the worksheet you mention to us. If that helps us determine this man is more of an employee than an independent contractor, then we think we will either establish a new relationship from here on out (assuming, again, it doesn't trigger an investigation into the past). If it does, we think it best, XXXXX XXXXX as it hurts to do so, to simply terminate the relationship.
Along those lines, if we terminate the relationship and this man decides to seek early retirement benefits (he is at the minimum retirement age), would that trigger an investigation?
Thank you for your help with this matter!