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FLORIDA SUB CONTRACTING//w-9 1099 ? please help me! am i being screwed?

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  • FLORIDA SUB CONTRACTING//w-9 1099 ? please help me! am i being screwed?

    Hi i currently work at a place which hired me as a "sub-contractor" to make signs, vinyl, neon signs and etc...i have no certifications/qualifications of ever being a subcontractor. I have never did sign work in my life up until this point. The employer ((who is a state certified contractor)) started me off paying me @ 8.00 an hour by business check(taxfree) i was never told until the 2nd day i started working that i was "sub contract." I never signed any paper work agreeing to sub contract work or anything. I was only verbally told that i was subcontract. Also i had no control or say over the projects i worked on, he paid money for all the materials and i was doing the work with his complete control over every project.

    It was then explained to me that i was being paid tax free (which i thought was cool) and that i would have to do my taxes at the end of the year 1099 i think he said or w-9 im not sure what he said. They also told me that i could claim all my lunches, dinners,((claim dinners and lunches as entertaining clients...)) and gas money that i spend on my taxes, and my florida sales tax, pretty much every receipt i saved he said i could claim on my tax return.

    Now i was told by someone that legally they cant even pay me as a subcontractor cause im not certified in any particular field and that they cannot legally 1099 or w-9 me whatever it is. And also i was told i cannot claim pretty much any of the stuff that they said i could claim on my taxes and that i would owe the IRS alot of money at the end of the year. Luckily its only been 3 weeks and i caught this problem.

    My source also told me that the employer is supposed to pay into half your SS and other taxes which i will solely have to pay into at the end of the year..so pretty much am i making less than minimum if i calculate it right? And am i getting screwed..please provide me any links or literature that may help me out thnx. And if i am being screwed how should i go about getting my tax money from him and how do i calculate the total...for 3 weeks ive made a total of about 1000.00 dollars tax free...what would be about the amount i wouldve made with taxes...21 yr old single male, not in school. thnx

    Also on a sidenote since i was supposedly "subcontracted" if i was ever injured who would be responsible...he never showed me any paperwork for workmans compensation or insurance or anything but he is a state certified contractor. THnx

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