Signing a W-9 when already employed under a W-4?
An institution where I am currently a part-time employee has just asked me to fill out a W-9 form for a 1-week summer event I am working in a few days, concurrently with the regular hours I work each week. They are asking me to send an invoice for all hours I work during this summer event.
I signed a W-4 when I was hired a year ago and they withhold taxes from my regular paycheck. I don't understand why the same institution where I am regularly employed is asking me to be considered a freelancer/independent contractor for this, as I will end up paying more on self-employment taxes. They claim the W-9 is needed because the payment for this particular program comes from a "separate account" dedicated to the staffing of this event.
Furthermore I have worked the same program in past years and was always on payroll, and actually paid a much higher hourly rate. I've speculated that there may have been budget cuts in my department recently but it seems as though they are making this up as they go along. What instances if any make it legal to do this?
Last edited by crazyanimator : 07-05-2016 at 07:57 AM.