Scott Park, CPA, CA
Why It Matters
There may be a temptation among business owners to label a worker as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Paying a worker as a contractor would provide a business owner with less paperwork and administration ease in the short-term, but it could lead to very costly consequences on unremitted payroll taxes, CRA penalties, Worksafe BC insurance premiums, benefits, and severance later on. The best advice is to get it right at the beginning to avoid future issues.