One (1) Page Independent Contractor Agreement

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A one (1) page independent contractor agreement is a simple version that identifies the services provided and payment while stating the general terms and conditions of a standard agreement. Under this agreement, the parties have to ensure that certain clauses are mentioned in an effort to be recognized under State and federal laws to sustain the contractor’s status.

IRS Forms

  • IRS Form W-9 – Completed by the payee and delivered to the payer of the contractor at the start of work.
  • IRS Form 1099-MISC – Must be filed to the IRS at the end of the year (before January 31) by the payer of the contractor if the services amount to over $600 over a calendar year.

Sample

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Article 1. Parties

(1) Contractor Agreement Date. The date this agreement is set into motion and becomes effective should be listed at the top of this page. Note that this date may not be prior to the signature date of this document.

(2) Client. Record the full name of the Client who shall hire the Contractor.

(3) Contractor. Furnish the name of the Contractor’s Business or the full name of the Contractor.

Article 2. Term

(4) Commencement. The first date of effect for this agreement must be recorded in the second article. This may be the same calendar date as that reported in the first article or it may be a calendar date that follows.

(5) Termination. The final calendar date when the Contractor and Client will terminate this agreement should be solidified. 3. Services Provided.

(6) Contractor Requirements. The agreement being developed must include a detail of all the services, and if applicable, all products that the Contractor must supply to the Client in order to receive payment. The third article has been reserved for a presentation of this information or the title of an attachment containing the specifics of the job(s) the agreement focuses on.

Article 5. Pay

(7)  Contractor Payment. The payment required of the Client as compensation for the work detail defined in the previous article is the next topic of discussion. In the third article, supply the payment amount, any payment schedule involved, and any additional earnings (i.e. a commission or contingency payment) the Contractor will expect and should receive in exchange for providing the services and any products listed.

Article 6. Confidentiality

(8) Protecting The Clients Information. The may be times when the Contractor is privy to confidential information or even trade secrets controlled exclusively by the Client. A compromise of such information (such as accidentally speaking about it with the Client’s Competitor) can have devastating results on a business. To prevent the Contractor from divulging such information once the agreement is terminated, a period may be assigned to restrict him or her from discussing or dispersing the Client’s information in any way. Document the number of years after this agreement’s termination where the Contractor will agree to hold the Client’s confidentiality by not disseminating any confidential information regarding the Client’s business.

Article 11. Governing Law

(9) Ruling State. Locate the eleventh article then document the state where the Contractor and Client will obey this agreement and bring any grievances resulting from it for enforcement or a ruling.

Party Execution

(10) Client Signature. The signature and the Client’s printed name must be submitted by the Client upon a successful review of the completed agreement.

(11) Contractor Signature. The Contractor must sign this agreement to show compliance with its terms then must print his or her name to support the signature provided.