The IRS has modified its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, which lets employers change the tax treatment of their employees.

The VCSP permits eligible taxpayers to voluntarily reclassify workers as employees for federal employment tax purposes and obtain relief similar to that obtained through the current Classification Settlement Program. The VCSP is optional and provides taxpayers with an opportunity to voluntarily reclassify their workers as employees for future tax periods with limited federal employment tax liability for the past non-employee treatment. To participate, the taxpayer must meet certain eligibility requirements, apply to participate in the VCSP, and enter into a closing agreement with the IRS.

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