Misclassifying your employees as independent contractors can seem pretty tempting. You’ll pay less in federal and state taxes and for your workers’ compensation insurance. In the short term it might seem like a great cost-saver and way to increase your bottom line. But in the end, it’s really a terrible idea. Here’s why you shouldn’t misclassify employees — no matter how tempted you might be.
$18,250 – $36,500 in fines, even if there are no workplace injuries – that’s what you could expect if your business is caught without workers’ compensation insurance coverage for a year.
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act requires most businesses with three or more employees to obtain workers’ compensation insurance with few exceptions. While your employees can opt out of coverage, you cannot. Not providing workers’ compensation can be a very expensive mistake.