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Old 07-30-2018, 05:05 AM
 
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I am working for a small company doing outside sales. We are given leads with set appointments and call on customers using our own vehicles and we are given $5 for each appointment we go on whether you make a sale of not. We are full time employees with no benefits not 1099. My problem is that I am wearing out a car and using office supplies at home and can't write anything off on taxes because we are full time. Does this seem fair? I have been elected to talk to the owner about this and I'm wondering if there are any other outside sales people out there that can tell me how they are compensated for using their own cars?
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:07 AM
 
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We do it by mileage .whatever the irs allows you get reimbursed plus tolls and parking fees
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Are you full time or an independent contractor?
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:21 AM
 
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Well I am retired now. But our outside sales people were commissioned independent contractors so to speak. They even paid their own taxes
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:29 AM
 
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Yeah that's my problem i think we should be independent contractors and at least get the tax benefits. My employer needs us listed as full time because several days each month we do road shows in warehouse stores and they require us to be full time. I'm just trying to figure out how to approach this with my employer.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:33 AM
 
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To be honest if that is their company policy it likely is what it is. Employees always have the ability to work elsewhere if they don’t like the terms. Your company can easily run a foul of the irs rules making what are really employees independent contractors .

This is not a choice a company can just make , it is governed by irs rules
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:34 AM
 
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I am working for a small company doing outside sales.
We are given leads with set appointments and call on customers using our own vehicles
and we are given $5 for each appointment we go on whether you make a sale of not.
We are full time employees with no benefits not 1099.
And your annual W2 income is what? $50,000? $100,000? More?

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My problem is that I am wearing out a car...
How many miles are you driving per year?
Have you been deducting the vehicle expenses off your $50 or $100,000 gross?
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:46 AM
 
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I've only been doing the sales a short time. I was an installed and used a company vehicle and was reimbursed for fuel. I went into the sales side because I'm 60 and knew I couldn't do installs forever. I think $50,000 is a realistic figure but if I have to replace a car every 2 or 3 years plus all the fuel and maintenance that 50,000 goes down considerably.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:52 AM
 
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The company likely can not classify you all as independents . There is a lot of pressure from the irs on this on companies . My son lost his job once when the itís stepped in and clamped down on the company . He was a graphic artist with a sports organization. They were hired as independents. Once the irs said no half got terminated
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:05 AM
 
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Like I said it's a small company only 3 of us doing sales. I don't want to come off as greedy nor do I want to do anything to harm this company. I'm just trying to find figure out what is fair for everyone.
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