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In the matter of independent contractors vs. employees and

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In the matter of independent contractors vs. employees and their proper classification, how are college interns classified and are there any instances whereby they have been classified as employees?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Stephen G. replied 5 years ago.

Stephen E. Grizey :

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Stephen E. Grizey :

College Interns doing what?

Customer :

Does that matter? Is there any criteria? The particular situation I am dealing with involved computer programming interns. They are full-time students. Not sure if they are paid for their work or not.

Stephen E. Grizey :

The only thing that matters is the nature of the work & the degree of supervision. It would be very unusual for "interns" to be self-employed. If they are paid they would normally be employees of the organization.