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The determination of the correct classification of worker as employee or independent contractor is significant to the University.
When a non-resident alien is compensated for services performed in the United States other than wages, then they are classified as an Independent Contractor.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is dedicated to instruction, research, and providing service to the people of North Carolina and of the nation. It is the policy of this University that its faculty, staff, and students carry out their scholarly work in an open and free atmosphere, and that consistent with applicable laws and policy they publish the results of such work without restraint.
The University is required by North Carolina law to withhold state income tax at the rate of four (4) percent on non-wage compensation paid to nonresident individuals and businesses for personal services rendered within North Carolina unless certain criteria are met.
Payments for personal services may be processed in one of three ways.
The purpose of this document is to describe the procedure on paying an Independent Contractor.
This policy provides for efficient ways to procure small dollar items where the financial risks to the University are low and the State of North Carolina does not require competition.
The contractor is responsible for preparing a Site Safety Plan that they discuss with their employees and is made available to EHS. Further, OSHA requires that general contractors have a qualified person perform a daily safety site inspection which itemizes safety deficiencies and corrective actions taken. The contractor shall provide a weekly written report of these findings and corrective actions to the UNC Construction Manager assigned to the project.
The purpose of this policy is to provide information and instruction regarding tax compliance for payments to foreign national independent contractors performing services in the United States.
This Procedure is intended to help facilitate a quicker process for campus departments to engage with Community Collaborators as part of community outreach and to gather community feedback. Community Collaborators are a special category of Independent Contractors.
To facilitate a quicker process for a special category of Independent Contractors, an abbreviated checklist is available for speaking engagements.
The purpose of this document is to describe the procedure on Independent Contractor Predetermination Process.