Nails Magazine

MAR 2013

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4,587 stories Advice From a PRO 310 polish articles 583 all-new Encyclopedia entries "It is up to you what your income can be. Even if I have an all-day shoot in New York City and a client wants to come in at night, I will meet her back at the salon to service her. I usually take my last appointment around 10:30 or 11:00 at night. I work as much as I possibly can and try to take every job possible when I can. These doors won't stay open forever, so one has to take advantage of every opportunity while it is available." NAILSMAG.COM 485 step-by-step demos eight blogs four giveaways every month NAILSMAG.COM 340 reader questions answered 336 covers to view — Pattie Yankee, owner of Pattie's Place in North Babylon, N.Y. twenty eight years' worth of magazine content the brand new NAILSMAG.COM — everything a nail tech needs Q: Q&A As an independent contractor getting a 1099, do I have to stay in the salon for fve to six hours when there are no walk-ins or appointments and I'm not getting a salary? I work on a 50/50 commission split. A: 57 combined years of editorial experience 122 photo galleries 58,062 NAIL ART PICTURES NAILSMAG.COM 8,300 other art images 247 technical videos 20 years' of industry statistics NAILSMAG.COM seventy three articles on working healthy 80 nail disorders explained 153 salon profiles NAILSMAG.COM 1,436 companies in our salon directory 92 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2013 Many stylists and nail techs believe they are independent contractors/booth renters but they do not actually meet criteria to be considered independent by the IRS. I get the impression you are limited by salon hours and are paid a commission from the salon owner. Although it is permissible for an independent contractor to be paid by the job or commission, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Present Law and Background Relating to Worker Classification for Federal Tax Purposes, the establishment of set hours for the worker indicates employee status. As an independent contractor you should set her own hours, have a key to the establishment with direct access to your station/suite, purchase your own products, and establish your own prices. You also may have your own phone line and business name. If the owner of the establishment sets the shop hours, determines the times for work (makes a schedule), and accepts and sets appointments, the IRS may determine that the technician is not classified as an independent contractor and is instead considered an employee. If you are an independent contractor, you should not be restricted by establishment hours of operation. I suggest the following two resource documents that may be helpful: > Independent Contractor or Employee? IRS Publication 1779 (; and > Tax Tips for the Cosmetology and Barbering Industry IRS Publication 4902 ( — Myra Y. Irizarry is director, government affairs for the Professional Beauty Association ( Have a business question? (about marketing, pricing, personnel, etc.) E-mail it to and check back here for an expert answer.

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