I'm the founder of a new startup and recently I heard that when I employ someone, I need to fill out form I-9 for them. The employee needs to fill it out, but I also need to check their identity and status. Is it true that I am required to do that? Is it true that all companies, even big companies that employ thousands of people, do this?
In addition to both you and the employee filling out the form, you need to do it within a certain time period, usually the first day of work for the employee. And as mentioned, you do need to keep them on file in case of an audit. You need to examine their eligibility documents (most often their passport, or their driver's license and social security card, and the list of acceptable documents is included on the form). You just need to make sure it looks like it's the same person and that they aren't obvious fakes.You can find the forms as well as instructions on how to fill them out here: Employment Eligibility Verification | USCIS On the plus side, I-9's aren't hard or time-consuming to do. Once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few minutes.
Can you put a soldier out of his misery?
Am I the only combat medic to answer this so far?Yes you can. Medics are taught how to but not instructed to. There is a terrible and fine line out there in “the suck” that medics, and medics alone, are asked to walk.You don’t end a person’s life. Full stop. In the rare case that a soldier is mortally wounded (no way to maintain an airway or control bleeding and no higher medical assets within a reasonable time)… then a medic could administer an extra ampule of morphine or two. Even though the doctors and instructors teach the medics this, in the end it’s on that one person’s shoulders. And conscience.Is it better to leave your friend/co-worker screaming in agony until they are too weak to yell? Then watch them convulse every few minutes for a couple of hours. Then finally they stop responding to your voice or even painful stimulus.Brain death is setting in. It takes a few minutes or a few days.Every minute you have a seriously wounded soldier in your unit you have medics that are out of the fight. You also have a much more complicated command situation. Nobody (NOBODY) makes this decision lightly. They also never talk about it.In the movies there is always an EVAC helicopter with escort available and ready to risk anything to get to the wounded. In combat it’s not always possible. “Birds” get grounded for many reasons and MEDEVAC Strykers are delayed by the need for escort vehicles/crews and IED laden roads. In almost all cases, the wounded will live to see the operating room. In some form.Combat wounded are intense. Gunfire is still raging in many cases. People are yelling, confusion is everywhere. The medic will be well trained but under a lot of stress. They know that they have to address breathing and bleeding in 2–3 minutes. They also need to avoid causing further injury and find any hidden wounds. While doing this they have to coordinate any available soldiers with combat lifesaver training to assist them with this or other injured. Finally, they also have to constantly keep the command apprised of the situation.Who has X injury?Can they return to the fight?Do they need to be evacuated from battle or can we take them with us?If they need to go NOW, how long do they realistically have?Can we ground evac through the combat or do we need a bird?While answering all of that the medic has assessed the wounded. Tried to control the bleeding and established a secure airway. Then they need to find a vein for an IV (super hard on a patient with blood loss or missing limbs). While doing this they also need to fill out the ‘9 Line’ medical evacuation form for the radio. Once this is done the medic will check the field dressings, the IV, the breathing. Record the wounds and vitals. Mark when/if morphine was given (how much, when, where administered) and done so that the surgeon can see it and blood doesn’t wash it away. Often in black sharpie on the forehead if patient is unconscious- as awful as that sounds it works well.So, don’t talk about the morality of this until you walk a mile (or 26) in a medic’s boots. Don’t talk about what happens until you live and work with a small team of men and women in a combat zone for over a year at a time. Infantry units are closer than most marriages/families. Your platoon SGT is dad and doc is mom. It’s a horrific moment to see one of your guys literally torn in half and dying. It’s much worse to know that due to a sandstorm there aren’t any flights that day. It’s hell on earth when you realize nobody is coming by road because of the IED you just hit. It’s unimaginable when you realize you only have 2 morphine ampules left and 3 critically wounded friends.I didn’t have to make the hardest choice. I wouldn’t tell you if I did. I sure as &$*# wouldn’t take any judgement from you in any case.Great question. I hope someone who actually held this responsibility in combat can clear it up a little.
How do I fill a W-9 Tax Form out?
Download a blank Form W-9To get started, download the latest Form W-9 from the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/.... Check the date in the top left corner of the form as it is updated occasionally by the IRS. The current revision should read (Rev. December 2014). Click anywhere on the form and a menu appears at the top that will allow you to either print or save the document. If the browser you are using doesn’t allow you to type directly into the W-9 then save the form to your desktop and reopen using Adobe Acrobat Reader.General purposeThe general purpose of Form W-9 is to provide your correct taxpayer identification number (TIN) to an individual or entity (typically a company) that is required to submit an “information return” to the IRS to report an amount paid to you, or other reportable amount.U.S. personForm W-9 should only be completed by what the IRS calls a “U.S. person”. Some examples of U.S. persons include an individual who is a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien. Partnerships, corporations, companies, or associations created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States are also U.S. persons.If you are not a U.S. person you should not use this form. You will likely need to provide Form W-8.Enter your informationLine 1 – Name: This line should match the name on your income tax return.Line 2 – Business name: This line is optional and would include your business name, trade name, DBA name, or disregarded entity name if you have any of these. You only need to complete this line if your name here is different from the name on line 1. See our related blog, What is a disregarded entity?Line 3 – Federal tax classification: Check ONE box for your U.S. federal tax classification. This should be the tax classification of the person or entity name that is entered on line 1. See our related blog, What is the difference between an individual and a sole proprietor?Limited Liability Company (LLC). If the name on line 1 is an LLC treated as a partnership for U.S. federal tax purposes, check the “Limited liability company” box and enter “P” in the space provided. If the LLC has filed Form 8832 or 2553 to be taxed as a corporation, check the “Limited liability company” box and in the space provided enter “C” for C corporation or “S” for S corporation. If it is a single-member LLC that is a disregarded entity, do not check the “Limited liability company” box, instead check the first box in line 3 “Individual/sole proprietor or single-member LLC.” See our related blog, What tax classification should an LLC select?Other (see instructions) – This line should be used for classifications that are not listed such as nonprofits, governmental entities, etc.Line 4 – Exemptions: If you are exempt from backup withholding enter your exempt payee code in the first space. If you are exempt from FATCA reporting enter your exemption from FATCA reporting code in the second space. Generally, individuals (including sole proprietors) are not exempt from backup withholding. See the “Specific Instructions” for line 4 shown with Form W-9 for more detailed information on exemptions.Line 5 – Address: Enter your address (number, street, and apartment or suite number). This is where the requester of the Form W-9 will mail your information returns.Line 6 – City, state and ZIP: Enter your city, state and ZIP code.Line 7 – Account numbers: This is an optional field to list your account number(s) with the company requesting your W-9 such as a bank, brokerage or vendor. We recommend that you do not list any account numbers as you may have to provide additional W-9 forms for accounts you do not include.Requester’s name and address: This is an optional section you can use to record the requester’s name and address you sent your W-9 to.Part I – Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN): Enter in your taxpayer identification number here. This is typically a social security number for an individual or sole proprietor and an employer identification number for a company. See our blog, What is a TIN number?Part II – Certification: Sign and date your form.For additional information visit w9manager.com.
I received my late husband's W-9 form to fill out for what I believe were our stocks. How am I supposed to fill this out or am I even supposed to?
You do not sound as a person who handles intricasies of finances on daily basis, this is why you should redirect the qustion to your family’s tax professional who does hte filings for you.The form itself, W-9 form, is a form created and approved by the IRS, if that’s your only inquiry.Whether the form applies to you or to your husband’s estate - that’s something only a person familiar with the situation would tell you about, there is no generic answer to this.
Why did my employer give me a W-9 Form to fill out instead of a W-4 Form?
I wrote about the independent-contractor-vs-employee issue last year, see http://nctaxpro.wordpress.com/20...Broadly speaking, you are an employee when someone else - AKA the employer - has control over when and where you work and the processes by which you perform the work that you do for that individual. A DJ or bartender under some circumstances, I suppose, might qualify as an independent contractor at a restaurant, but the waitstaff, bus help, hosts, kitchen aides, etc. almost certainly would not.There's always risk in confronting an employer when faced with a situation like yours - my experience is that most employers know full well that they are violating the law when they treat employees as independent contractors, and for that reason they don't tolerate questions about that policy very well - so you definitely should tread cautiously if you want to keep this position. Nonetheless, I think you owe it to yourself to ask whether or not the restaurant intends to withhold federal taxes from your checks - if for no other reason than you don't want to get caught short when it comes to filing your own return, even if you don't intend to challenge the policy.
How do you manage emotional triggers after narcissistic abuse?
The most disconcerting part of walking away from narcissistic abuse was the realization that the amount of time and energy I was spending on the abuse/abuser didn’t seem to reduce. I was no longer in the same house but I was still going through cycles of intense grief, anger, euphoria and triumph. I was obsessively researching information and keeping tabs. I would find myself engaged in intense arguments and explanations with them and with bystanders who happened to question my hyper reactivity. Intent on making everyone understand the way I was feeling, I went to ridiculous lengths to prove my point. Objectively, in the occasional bouts of calm, I could see the problem, but more often than not, I was in a state of defensive offense, and couldn’t understand how to snap out of it. Well, research and slow,painful experience helped me gradually move away from that behavior. These are the stages and simple practical tips I wish I had known at that time.Effects of emotional abuse persist beyond moving out.Certain words have been weaponized, weak, lazy, failure, dumb, careless, silly, angry, toxic.Very specific triggers have been embedded deep under layers and are very strategically used to create an emotional response.Any engagement is success for the narcissist. It need not be compliance or admiration, anger, hatred, grief, fright- it’s literally all the same.Like training a dog, every time you allow them to succeed in triggering you, they will double down on their efforts.You will react, many many times. It’s ok. Shame and guilt will only worsen the situation. Forgive yourself. Have compassionThink of your time during narcissistic abuse as a state of being in stress constantly, with a heavy soup of adrenaline in your blood. It really helped me to visualize adrenaline as this thick purple goo in my blood stream. This will take time to disappear.Because you have all that adrenaline in your system still, you are susceptible to stimuli. Any stimuli. Coming from the narcissist or any one else. So you have to reduce your exposure to potential stimuli.You will suddenly find gobs of time on your hands. All that time you spent managing your narcissist, well that is now empty. You will feel suddenly disoriented, depressed, empty, purposeless. And will seek anyway to fill that time.The easiest and most familiar way to fill that time is to engage with your narcissist. Either in arguments or plotting revenge or tracking their actions. This keeps you in the gooey purple mess, sometimes even adding more adrenaline as the narcissist gleefully escalates his efforts to hurt you or get you back.Other easy escapes are often dangerous, alcohol, drugs, hyper sexuality- all things that give the same highs and lows as abusive relationships.So you need to find a hobby. A passion. Something that will physically prevent you from engaging in seeking those highs to fill the time. This is key. For me this was drinking (yes. I know) and painting. Every time my thoughts would go in that direction, I would paint. Every time I got a message or found myself in an argument with my ex, I would drink and paint till I was physically incapacitated.Once the immediate compulsion starts leaving your system, start spending a bit of time analyzing what triggered you. I had to go through many many diary entries before I could pick out exactly what set me off. For me it was the accusation of being a dominating person (which was really unfair, see it still sets me off), and by extension, being a dominating toxic mother. I HATE the idea of anyone implying I make someone else do what I want them to do to their detriment.This will take a long time. Have compassion for yourself. I am at almost 3.5 years and my last triggered hyper reaction was a week ago.Now that you know your triggers, find a small activity to do that will delay your reaction when you feel yourself getting upset. This could be verbal things like naming five objects in the vicinity (a blue pen, a brown car, a white House). For me it is solitaire on my phone. Or videos of my kids. Literally anything that will give you twenty thirty seconds, a couple minutes before you respond. Try to push it for as long as possible.As you get better and better at the exercise above, you will find it possible to consider IF you want to or need to respond.You are only responsible for your own life. You are not here to save others teach others. Like the airline safety instructions say, you need to first make sure you are calm and safe. So if there is no immediate need to respond, don’t.This is an emotional muscle you need to strengthen. Like any other muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Use it consciously. Choose to walk away sometimes. Choose to engage calmly to a point sometimes. The purpose is to be in control.This is where you will suddenly discover other hidden triggers. As you recognize, acknowledge and deal with each one, other smaller hidden barbs will surface. Don’t get discouraged. Each time you stay in control, you are winning.Acknowledge your wins. Make sure you have some form of a care box to go to when you feel tired and discouraged. Because believe me, you will. But every time you pick yourself up and move again, it will be better.Remember that not everyone will understand.Find your joy. These activities are things I see myself doing when I’m my best self. For me it means going to art museums, traveling, learning new skills.Know yourself to be a survivor. You already have the skills to remake yourself. To adapt and grow. It may not seem like it but you are not alone.Link to learning the truth about safe spaces: Alka Writes
What's the best way to get users to read a set of instructions for filling out a form?
Your question confuses me a bit. What's missing is "WHY are the instructions displayed?" What makes them so important? More to the point, what makes them so important to the user?You say it's a simple form, but also say they must read the instructions before filling it out. If it's simple, what are all the instructions for? I haven't seen the form and already I'm confused.People will do things if they understand (and agree with) the purpose for doing them. If they don't understand the need for the instructions (e.g. because the form appears to be simple), you'll have a hard time getting users to read them (they won't see the need).My suggestion would be to take a step back from the design a bit and look at the form's purpose. If the instructions are to minimize data entry errors, look for ways in your design to do that and eliminate an instruction or two. For example, do real-time validation of things like zip codes, phone numbers, usernames, and anything else your web page can do.If the instructions are to educate the user on some specific process, look at the process to see if it can be made simpler or more obvious such that it doesn't need any explanation.Finally, don't forget user testing--ask some potential (or representative) users what they think works for them.