Taxes as an Independent Contractor

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Navigating tax obligations can be daunting, especially for referees who may be unsure of their employment classification. Whether you're considered an independent contractor or an employee can significantly impact your tax responsibilities. Independent contractors typically have more flexibility but must handle their own taxes, while employees may have taxes withheld by their employer.

To determine your classification, consider factors such as control over your work schedule, equipment usage, and degree of independence. The IRS provides guidance on this distinction here.

Once you've determined your status, it's crucial to understand how to claim expenses and deductions related to your officiating work. Websites like TurboTax and IRS.gov offer resources and forms specifically tailored to independent contractors.

Regardless of your classification, staying informed and organized can help maximize your tax benefits while ensuring compliance with the law.

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