New York Franchisors: Start Thinking About Filing Your NYS Tax Documents

With the new year fast approaching, franchisors in New York should beginning focusing on updating their franchise disclosure documents, renewing their franchise registrations. However, NY franchisors should not forget that it is required to file certain tax documents. The reporting requirement applies where the franchisor-franchisee relationship falls within the broad franchise definition under the New York franchise statute. The statute was created so that New York tax authorities can verify state tax filings submitted by New York franchisees so that the franchisor’s filing matches what the franchisee disclosed. Franchisors in New York that have at least one franchisee doing business in New York are required to register as a sales tax vendor and must file information returns with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The reporting period is from March 1 to February 28 of the subsequent year. The returns are due on March 20. You must file

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How To Effectively Draft A Clear Statement of Work That Meets Your Needs

When hiring a business in connection with a project, it is important that all parties create and agree to a clear and precise Statement of Work so there is no misunderstanding about the necessary benchmarks and deadlines involved. A Statement of Work (SOW) is a formal document entered into by parties involved in a project that specifies in clear, understandable terms the work to be done in developing or producing the goods or services to be delivered or performed by a contractor. It captures and defines the specific work to be performed for a client, deliverables, and a timeline that a vendor or contractor must execute. A SOW needs to contain the material terms of what needs to be done in as definitive and precise a manner as possible. The purpose of a SOW is to detail the work requirements for projects and programs that have products, deliverables and/or services

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Some Uber Drivers May Be Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

An administrative ruling out of New York state found that, under certain conditions, Uber drivers may be entitled to state unemployment benefits. The NYS Department of Labor (DOL) ruled that two Uber drivers were eligible for weekly jobless benefits. This represents the first time that a state government determined that drivers for a ride-sharing company are employees. To date, states have found – and companies like Uber have argued – that drivers for ride-sharing companies were independent contractors who are ineligible for jobless benefits. We here at The New York Law Blog have discussed the differences between an employee and an independent contractor in the context of continuing federal litigation involving Uber. Uber and other ride-sharing companies are part of a larger development in business termed the “gig economy,” which is an environment where independent workers contract for temporary positions for short-term engagements. Uber’s critics have argued for some time that it

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