Welcome to the tax code…
The American tax code is like a deep dark jungle at dusk. It’s scary. It’s confusing. Peril lurks everywhere. And if one ventures in without proper preparation one can end up in a bad situation.
This is doubly true for “gig economy” workers.
It must be noted that our tax code needn’t be like this. It shouldn’t be. But the more confusing the code the more money there is to be made by an accounting industry that revels in the complexity.