Associate Dentist Misclassification: Are You Making This Mistake?

Date: March 21, 2016
This article was published by Dentistry iQ, the web's most comprehensive resource for dental professionals.

Having an additional dentist in the office can have numerous advantages. But misclassifying the associate dentist is a potentially pricey mistake that dental practice owners should avoid.

But be careful! It’s hard to substantiate hiring an associate dentist as an independent contractor. Many governmental agencies have a significant stake in the dental practices that make incorrect classifi­cation. By scrutinizing employers that misclassify employees, federal and state agencies have been able to recover a significant amount of otherwise lost tax revenues, fees, and penalties. Sometimes, penalties can even be applied retroactively.

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