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    Sierrasparky
    So how do you deal with taxes and such?
    Do you need to set up with EDD?
    Do you need workers comp for yourself?
    On the certified payroll form (as a self employed) you only need write your name, last name, address, SS#, rate of pay per hour, total pay for the week, total hours worked for that week, start date and finish date of the week. Leave all other columns that deals with taxes blank and on the last column where ask about payroll check #, write exempt.

    Best is to classify your self as Journeyman-inside wireman and find out what the payrate should be in your county.
    No need for EDD and no need for workers comp. But GC, PM, or public agent may request to see proof of some sort of insurance for yourself in case of an accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkSafe View Post
    OSHA has no jurisdiction over self-employed contractors.



    http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owad...ONS&p_id=24317

    Not to hijack the thread too badly, but this guy did get fined. I know him. Talked to him, and heard what his guys said about it, too.

    Most ECs around here are C Corp. and the CEO is also receives a paycheck just like all the other blokes. He/she is paid and covered under workmen's comp. just like all the employees.

    This also makes it easy for him to pay himself a prevailing wage. And thanks for the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maghazadeh View Post
    On the certified payroll form (as a self employed) you only need write your name, last name, address, SS#, rate of pay per hour, total pay for the week, total hours worked for that week, start date and finish date of the week. Leave all other columns that deals with taxes blank and on the last column where ask about payroll check #, write exempt.

    Best is to classify your self as Journeyman-inside wireman and find out what the payrate should be in your county.
    No need for EDD and no need for workers comp. But GC, PM, or public agent may request to see proof of some sort of insurance for yourself in case of an accident.
    Looking at the cert form I see they want all the taxes paid. I would like to see a rule that says you are exempt!

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    You won't even need to do that.
    If you're sole proprietor and the one doing the work you can pay yourself a salary and be exempt.

    Quote Originally Posted by jusme123 View Post
    What if I was a sole proprietor, with no employees, and had a prevailing rate job with total labor worth $10,000, I submit a payroll of 10 hours at a rate of $1,000 per hour for myself? The actual hours to complete the entire job are around 40 hours, who is going to tell me I am wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strife View Post
    You won't even need to do that.
    If you're sole proprietor and the one doing the work you can pay yourself a salary and be exempt.
    I don't believe that to be true. Even if paid salary you must prove equal or greater than the current prevailing wage. Most forget that you must pay the additional items such as the "health and wlefare" and other items in addition to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierrasparky View Post
    I don't believe that to be true. Even if paid salary you must prove equal or greater than the current prevailing wage. Most forget that you must pay the additional items such as the "health and wlefare" and other items in addition to!
    What do you mean by "Welfare"? ( I assume wlefare was a misspel for welfare?)
    I know I don't live in california, but I'm not aware of a welfare tax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jusme123 View Post
    What if I was a sole proprietor, with no employees, and had a prevailing rate job with total labor worth $10,000, I submit a payroll of 10 hours at a rate of $1,000 per hour for myself? The actual hours to complete the entire job are around 40 hours, who is going to tell me I am wrong?
    Usually you have to sign in at the work site. And the GC is going to want to see copies of your certified payroll before he releases payments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strife View Post
    You won't even need to do that.
    If you're sole proprietor and the one doing the work you can pay yourself a salary and be exempt.
    Not true. If you touch a tool, you get paid the rate for the work you're doing. The only break we get is that programming is generally not covered by prevailing wage, so when the techs are programming the fire alarm panels they get their standard rate. Even as an engineer and normally an exempt employee, if I pull out a screwdriver to work on something I'm supposed to get paid the prevailing rate for a journeyman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    Not true. If you touch a tool, you get paid the rate for the work you're doing. The only break we get is that programming is generally not covered by prevailing wage, so when the techs are programming the fire alarm panels they get their standard rate. Even as an engineer and normally an exempt employee, if I pull out a screwdriver to work on something I'm supposed to get paid the prevailing rate for a journeyman.

    Now were getting somewhere.
    So as to my earlier question how does a soleproprieter deal with the taxes and the other beni's that are part of the prevailing wage.
    I am a sole proprieter and do not do payroll anymore as I have reduced the company to myself. If I need employees I will use a temp agency that Has plenty of certified electricans to choose from.


    Do i need workers comp. I know state fund exempts the owner.
    Do I need to pay witholding and do the EDD thing?

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