Can I be considered an independent consultant?

Posted 3 June 2016 under Tax Q&A
IndyConsultant says:
31 May 2016 at 18:21

I am currently an independent consultant, however at the moment 80% of my income does come from a single client. This is because I have not yet found more clients. I am not sure if I am to be treated as an employee based on what I have found out so far. I would strongly prefer (for client and me) to be treated as an independent consultant for tax purposes. Can I register for provisional tax as an independent consultant?

Some more information:
- I'm on retainer with one client for an average of 2 days per week (16 hours per week) since March 2016. - I bill monthly as a sole prop, highlighting the work I have completed and invoice a set amount as per the retainer agreement
- I receive a mix of ad hoc tasks and set projects
- I am free to pursue other clients where there's no conflict of interest
- I have had one small paid project with second client
- I work from home
- I do not have set working hours, am not supervised and don't need to apply for leave. - I provide all my own equipment

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
1 June 2016 at 10:21

Please work through our online questions on Am I an Independent Contractor? to see how you should be taxed.

IndyConsultant says:
2 June 2016 at 15:10

Excellent online tool - thanks!

TaxTim TaxTim says:
3 June 2016 at 13:08

Thanks for the feedback - only a pleasure!

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