Questions tagged [legal]

A tag for legal issues surrounding freelance work, such as tax or company incorporation. Questions with this tag *must* follow the "Back it up" rule.

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What is the difference between an LLC and a PLLC?

I'm a mobile developer in the state of Florida and I'm currently freelancing through an LLC I setup a couple years ago. I went to a talk about business startups recently and the term PLLC, or ...
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Whilst employed, can I open a freelancing website account?

I have been working for a company for the last 3 months. 2 months ago I created a personal account on a freelancing website and for trial purposes I have applied to 4-5 proposals on the site, but I ...
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Out of State Lawsuit for Payment

I'm at the point that I have to sue a client for non-payment. It's large enough that I can't afford to write it off, but small enough for small claims. According to the U.S. law I've researched, you ...
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Can I start doing work before my LLC paperwork has run through to completion?

I've started the process of creating an LLC through Legalzoom. I've acquired a client now though, before hearing back from the Secretary of State, etc. (I'm in Ohio). Can I start work/invoicing ...
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Retain intellectual property for art sold on CafePress?

I’m interested in selling some of my art on CafePress, but I don’t want to allow others to use my art for profit. Sure, CafePress takes a cut of sales. But I decide when my art goes up. And (as I ...
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What are the risks associated with solely relying on freelancing income and making it as a career? [closed]

With cheap and quality work available over dozens of freelancing sites, Does the world of freelancing comes with risks like ban by the USA government on outsourcing of jobs and offshore freelancing ? ...
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How to backup declared income when the invoice is lost?

An invoice for some work I did awhile back seems to be missing and I can't find it, yet I want to make sure I am declaring that amount in my tax statements. If I get audited, what's the best way to ...
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What does an LLC's limited liability really protect you against (if you are sole owner and employee)?

I have looked into forming an LLC a few times in the US (right now I am better off not doing so for tax reasons while I am abroad but that is another story). However in my research, I may be ...
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Freelancing while being employed

Relying purely on freelancing to earn your bread can be somewhat risky and daunting. Say I want to do freelancing while also being employed (full or part time). What are the specific issues I need to ...
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What guarantees do employers/freelancers needs to take for big projects?

If you plan to be involved in a project that is relatively big, costs a large amount of money, and extends for over a month, what kind of guarantees and planning ahead do you need to do to protect ...
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What steps can I take to protect my reputation if my CV is plagiarised?

A number of my recruiter contacts recently drew my attention to the fact that a CV was doing the rounds that was effectively my CV with a different name and part of someone else's CV tacked onto the ...
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Taking advantage of retail discounts if contracting at an educational institution

I am currently contracting at an educational establishment and wondering about the legal implications of taking advantage of the educational discounts offered by some of the larger retailers such as ...
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Claiming use of home as office allowance if the work is unpaid

Can I claim the use of home as office allowance if the work that I perform there is (currently) unpaid? I am currently working on a web project that I'm developing in my office at home. I'm spending a ...
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How to learn copyright laws affecting freelancers and self-employed people

I've been considering starting my own company or doing some freelance work. I've heard through mainstream media that copyright law affects lots and lots of different types of work, especially the ...
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Who owns the result of my contracted work?

I am currently working for a company on a contract-to-hire (eventually) plan. Apart from tax forms, I never signed an official contract. Do I maintain all rights to my work? I am by no means planning ...
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How close do end client work locations need to be to fall foul of the 24 month travel and subsistence rule?

I already understand the nature of the 24 month rule in regards to a single contract that lasts for more than 2 years. To recap: From the point at which you know that your contract will be longer ...
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Starting a business without filing government forms

I've learned through discussions with various people I've met in Rhode Island that there are many co-ops operating throughout the state that have never filed any kind of paperwork with the state ...
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Which legal business entity for consulting in RI, USA [closed]

I'm considering starting a business in the state of Rhode Island in the USA. I've begun to do the research on options available to me, and it's clear already that there is a dizzying array of options ...
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Offsetting own labour as 'allowable expenses' when accounting

I'm a web developer. When I buy a Mac I put it down as an allowable expense and receive a tax break on it. When I buy business cards, they go down as an advertising cost. My broadband is an 'office ...
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When is it a good idea to start considering an LLC or incorporation?

I've done freelance work as an independent contractor for years, which works well-enough for sporadic freelance work. But as I get more gigs and an established portfolio, are there benefits to forming ...

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