Coalition to Preserve Independent Contractor Status Launches New Campaign, Seeks Self-Employment Profiles

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The Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Preserve Independent Contractor Status announces the launch of its new campaign, “The Face of Independent Contractors,” which will profile self-employed Americans of all walks of life. All independent contractors are invited to submit their personal story of why they love being self-employed -- and how their lives would be affected if the government no longer allowed them to be self employed.

This is a tremendous opportunity to empower independent contractors to explain in their own words how their lives would be affected by a change in the law that denied them the right to be self-employed.

The Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Preserve Independent Contractor Status announces the launch of its new campaign, “The Face of Independent Contractors,” which will profile self-employed Americans of all walks of life. All independent contractors are invited to submit their personal story of why they love being self-employed -- and how their lives would be affected if the government no longer allowed them to be self employed but instead required that they be treated as employees of their clients. Formats accepted are either (a) text plus photo or (b) video, and should be submitted at http://www.ICCoalition.org.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to empower independent contractors to explain in their own words how their lives would be affected by a change in the law that denied them the right to be self-employed,” says Russell Hollrah, the Coalition’s executive director. “The right of self-employment in this country has never been at greater risk, as Congress considers proposed legislation that would repeal a critical federal safe-harbor provision, Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978. This provision provides much needed certainty to clients of independent contractors that their independent-contractor relationships will be respected for federal employment-tax purposes.”

Despite the record numbers of individuals choosing to work for themselves, or perhaps due to it, the status of independent contractors is being threatened on both state and federal levels. The Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability and Consistency Act of 2009, introduced in the U.S. Senate as S. 2882, and in the House of Representatives as H.R. 3408, would repeal Section 530. Likewise, many states have significantly intensified their efforts to challenge the classification of individuals as independent contractors.

Unfortunately, in many cases, says Hollrah, companies caught up in these enforcement efforts end up being fearful of doing business with independent contractors, which translates into fewer and fewer client opportunities for legitimate independent contractors. “This consequence is what most threatens the livelihood of so many self-employed people,” Hollrah adds. “And it is precisely why we decided to roll out our ‘Face of Independent Contractors’ campaign.”

The Coalition will run the campaign through the rest of the year to publicize the personal perspectives of independent contractors and give them a voice in the legislative debate. Further details on the campaign and submission process, as well as information on the Coalition, can be found at http://www.ICCoalition.org.

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