So here is how shitty my employers treated me.

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    Apr 20, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    I was hired as a contract employee over a year ago. I never really was a contract employee as I worked only at that office and was there over a year and was just a normal employee. Taxes were not deducted or anything. I assumed that when tax season came around I would be able to file like any normal college student, pay for SS and Medicare on like the 2% of whatever it is. Boy was I wrong. I owed $2,200. I approached my bosses this past week about moving me to an employee status and having taxes deducted and they refused. I get a text message today informing me they are letting me go as they feel they can't satisfy my requirement to have taxes deducted. First of all I lost so much money being a contract employee and secondly they fire me out of the blue. Not a good start to my weekend to say the least.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    I've never heard of being text-fired. Is that even legal?
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    I'd be more pissed they fired me over a text message and didn't have the balls to call me into the office. Anyhow, sorry that you have to owe the money and lost your job....
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    Anduru saidI've never heard of being text-fired. Is that even legal?


    Texas is a right to work state. You can be fired for any cause any way unless your under contract.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    As an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    That sucks dude.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidAs an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?


    Nope they didn't. I guess I should have looked into it but the last thing on my mind this past year was taxes. Sucks that I fail to qualify for any credits since I am a dependent even though my parents don't pay for anything. They get the tax break I don't lol
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    Scruffypup saidAs an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?


    Nope they didn't. I guess I should have looked into it but the last thing on my mind this past year was taxes. Sucks that I fail to qualify for any credits since I am a dependent even though my parents don't pay for anything. They get the tax break I don't lol



    Did you file an extension?
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    msuNtx said
    Scruffypup saidAs an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?


    Nope they didn't. I guess I should have looked into it but the last thing on my mind this past year was taxes. Sucks that I fail to qualify for any credits since I am a dependent even though my parents don't pay for anything. They get the tax break I don't lol



    Did you file an extension?


    Nope I took the advice of my mother and her CPA and paid it. Guess he isn't a good CPA.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:54 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    Scruffypup said
    msuNtx said
    Scruffypup saidAs an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?


    Nope they didn't. I guess I should have looked into it but the last thing on my mind this past year was taxes. Sucks that I fail to qualify for any credits since I am a dependent even though my parents don't pay for anything. They get the tax break I don't lol



    Did you file an extension?


    Nope I took the advice of my mother and her CPA and paid it. Guess he isn't a good CPA.



    Damn, that was horrible advice. You could have filed an extension and taken the time to backtrack (at least some) and have had some write-offs so you would pay much less. If I'm not mistaken, you can still file an amendment to your return.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    Anduru saidI've never heard of being text-fired. Is that even legal?
    Texas is a right to work state. You can be fired for any cause any way unless your under contract.
    Not sure whether to feel sorry for you or not for possibly choosing to live in the worst state ever.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Anduru said
    msuNtx said
    Anduru saidI've never heard of being text-fired. Is that even legal?
    Texas is a right to work state. You can be fired for any cause any way unless your under contract.
    Not sure whether to feel sorry for you or not for possibly choosing to live in the worst state ever.


    Texas is not the only right to work state. I did not choose to live here. When you grow up in a state you normally go to college in that state since it is far less expensive.
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    Apr 20, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
    You may be the last person to block Anduru! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 20, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    msuNtx said

    Nope I took the advice of my mother and her CPA and paid it. Guess he isn't a good CPA.


    If an extension would have also won your late penalties, maybe his advice was the best for a bad situation. Did his advice also include telling you want kind of records you must keep to claim all allowable deductions when working as a consultant / independent contractor?

    The IRS has *very* strict rules on who is and who is not an employee. It's possible your client ( if the were your employer you were an employee) was violating all sorts of tax and labor codes. Dragging them through court probably won't get you even a partial refund, but it might make it a lot harder to work as an independent contractor (or even as an employee) ever again.
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    Apr 20, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidYou may be the last person to block Anduru! icon_lol.gif
    ^ he just mad cuz i don't buy his "U R NOT ANIMAL LOVER IF U BUY PURE BREAD!!!!!!!" shit
  • Webster666

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    Apr 20, 2012 8:15 AM GMT
    This was a hard lesson.
    But, now, you can go to work for someone who deserves you.
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    Apr 20, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    never heard of a text-fired also... its so weird

    Advice: go crush theirs heads :S
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    Apr 20, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    Scruffypup saidAs an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?


    Nope they didn't. I guess I should have looked into it but the last thing on my mind this past year was taxes. Sucks that I fail to qualify for any credits since I am a dependent even though my parents don't pay for anything. They get the tax break I don't lol


    If your parents don't pay for anything, then why do you still file as a dependent? My mother stopped claiming me when I was 18 since I paid for college myself.
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    Apr 20, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
    As an independent contractor, you are responsible for your taxes. You are also responsible for you Social Security and Unemployment payments. If you think you're finished paying, you're dead wrong.

    You did the right thing to go ahead and pay the IRS, even though it hurt.It's better than paying late fees as well.

    Want some or all of your money back? File an amended return for that tax year. You can get your expenses together, mileage, money you've paid to doctors that insurance didn't cover, etc. You can even deduct part of your cell phone bill if you can prove you used it for work.


    Good luck!
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    Apr 20, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    Anduru saidI've never heard of being text-fired. Is that even legal?


    Texas is a right to work state. You can be fired for any cause any way unless your under contract.


    God bless America! GET THE FUCK OUT OF TEXAS BEFORE YOU GET SHOT FOR BEING A HOMO! icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 20, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    File an amended return.
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    Apr 20, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
    mplsmike said
    msuNtx said
    Scruffypup saidAs an independent contractor, you are responsible for your own taxes. However, you can deduct your gas and meals and basically treat yourself as a small business. If you do this, you should actually come out paying LESS taxes. I'm guessing no one explained this to you?


    Nope they didn't. I guess I should have looked into it but the last thing on my mind this past year was taxes. Sucks that I fail to qualify for any credits since I am a dependent even though my parents don't pay for anything. They get the tax break I don't lol


    If your parents don't pay for anything, then why do you still file as a dependent? My mother stopped claiming me when I was 18 since I paid for college myself.


    Health Insurance. I lose it if I am not longer a dependent.
  • chi_rock

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    Apr 20, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear. Sounds like you were taken advantage of big time. Life lesson, and move on.
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 20, 2012 12:47 PM GMT
    moon55 saidnever heard of a text-fired also... its so weird

    Advice: go crush theirs heads :S


    He's not even an employee so he can't be fired.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 20, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    Why are you complaining? You have the power to SLAM their ass!

    You were NOT contracted labor... you were under their authority, performed your job at their offices and you didn't "hold yourself out" to the public in the performance of your job.. (in other words you didn't offer your services to anybody on the street, you were performing a specific job for them, I'd assume).


    Contact your state unemployment office and explain what happened. Tell
    them you suspect this employer is in violation of employer rules relating to
    "employee vs. contracted labor". They should be relatively aggressive about
    a follow up.

    In the end, it may not help you, but you will have left a very prounounced impression on them, trust me!