Independent Contractors

The Internal Revenue Service requires the university to properly classify independent contractors. This policy and the accompanying independent contractor website (see below for link) identify the steps, documents and processes necessary to ensure proper classification of and subsequent payment to independent contractors.

An independent contractor is an individual who meets the following conditions:

  • Offers similar services to the general public on a consistent basis
  • Provides services through a written contract (the university’s Independent Contractor Agreement)
  • Renders a service to the university for a specified amount of compensation for a specified result
  • Performs services for which the university does not control the methods used to obtain the results

An independent contractor is not paid on university payroll, has not been paid on payroll within a given calendar year, and receives payment from the university documented by issuance of an IRS Form 1099.

Examples of the types of independent contractors used by the university are available at the independent contractor website (see below).

Questions regarding this policy may be directed to Purchasing Services or Human Resources Administration:

Responsible Office

Purchasing Services
https://procurement.usc.edu/purchases/usc-emarket-basics/independent-contractors/
(213) 740-4261

Human Resources Administration
www.usc.edu/hra
uschr@usc.edu
(213) 821-8100

Issued by

Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
Robert Abeles, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

University of Southern California