Nice Doggy, you're a good boy, Oh No... I think he smells my cats on me!

Retired Senior

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Hi there fellow Connecticut drivers.

Yesterday afternoon, after doing the laundry, I decided to Uber a bit more. It was then that I was hit with the "service dog" contract. I have no real hard conflict with this... I am going to keep a paint tarp (a new one) in the back that I will insist on using if it is a medium - large dog.

I have, in the past, had some dogs in the neighborhood get excited and twice get aggressive, when they smelt where my cats had rubbed against my legs. I hope nothing like that happens when I am driving!

Oh, what happens if we pick up a Pax a few minutes after the service dog exits? Do we then have to suffer more poor ratings because the car smells of dog?

Do we have any recourse? Just asking.

It seems to me that this is a further example of us being more like employees rather than independent contractors.

Independent Contractor Defined
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People such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, accountants, contractors, subcontractors, public stenographers, or auctioneers who are in an independent trade, business, or profession in which they offer their services to the general public are generally independent contractors. However, whether these people are independent contractors or employees depends on the facts in each case. The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not what will be done and how it will be done. The earnings of a person who is working as an independent contractor are subject to Self-Employment Tax.

If you are an independent contractor, you are self-employed. To find out what your tax obligations are, visit the Self-Employed Tax Center.

You are not an independent contractor if you perform services that can be controlled by an employer (what will be done and how it will be done). This applies even if you are given freedom of action. What matters is that the employer has the legal right to control the details of how the services are performed.

If an employer-employee relationship exists (regardless of what the relationship is called), you are not an independent contractor and your earnings are generally not subject to Self-Employment Tax.

However, your earnings as an employee may be subject to FICA (Social Security tax and Medicare) and income tax withholding.

For more information on determining whether you are an independent contractor or an employee, refer to the section on Independent Contractors or Employees.
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