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The AB5s of Employee vs Independent Contractor

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Taxes - Technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Tax |  IRS Approved
Doug Van Der Aa, CPA, JD
Course Levels:
2 Hours



This course explores the tests used to determine whether a worker is properly characterized as an employee or an independent contractor for tax purposes, with a focus on the cost of getting it wrong and possible Section 530 relief.  The game changing impact of the Dynamex case and AB5 will also be discussed. 

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Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Apply the tests used to determine whether a worker is properly characterized for tax purposes
  • Identify cost associated with misclassification
  • Identify planning ideas and potential pitfalls

Major Subjects
  • Four ways to classify a worker
  • IRS 20 Factors
  • 20% Section 199A deduction
  • Cost of misclassifying an employee
  • Section 530 relief
  • Game changing impact of the Dynamex case and AB5

Course Materials


Doug Van Der Aa, CPA, JD's Profile

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Doug Van Der Aa, CPA, JD, is a lively and energetic speaker on the subject of taxes and ethics, and has extensive experience in leading discussions for conferences, seminars and webinars. He is a highly rated speaker and seminar leader for state CPA societies and other organizations throughout the country.

Van Der Aa has more than 25 years of experience, including tax practice in CPA firms and the practice of transactional business and real estate law as an attorney. His practice concentrated on the tax needs of closely held businesses, with their related pass-through entities, complex individual returns, estates and trusts.

Van Der Aa taught for 10 years as an adjunct instructor and for one year as assistant professor of accounting and taxation for Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business, where he taught in both the undergraduate and MST programs.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Advanced Preparation


Course Developer

Van Der Aa Tax Ed, LLC

Designed For

CPAs and members in industry seeking a broader understanding of worker classification rules and tax consequences

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Original Recording Date



Basic working knowledge of business taxation

Date Added to Catalog


Additional Information

Complaint Resolution Policy

Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints., (972-377-8199).

Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

Instructional Delivery Method

Group Internet Based

Official Registry Statement

Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 43


Alynn P

"Loved how animated and passionate you are on this subject! Nice job!"

Michael D

"Great presentation, excellent learning platform."

Timothy M

"Nice Class"

Peter D

"Great course. Very informative. Doug is among the best speakers I have had."

Cynthia B - New York, New York

"Another great presentation by Mr. Van Der Aa."

Joe L

"Great course, thank you! Learned a few things today."

Neil D - Pensacola, Florida

"Doug did a fantastic job! Made the subject matter very interesting."