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What are the proper steps to legally becoming a freelance production assistant in CA?

I just got my first paying production assistant job through a local production company in CA. I've worked four days on film shoots with them as needed but I am not an official employee of the company. I'm curious as to what steps I need to take (licenses, etc.) so that I can operate legitimately as a freelance production assistant/independent contractor and how I can properly invoice the company for my services? Thank you in advance for any help.

Asked By: ILM - 9/26/2011
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None at all. They will issue you a 1099 at the end of the job or the end of the year. You will then pay taxes based on that 1099. You will have to pay both sides of the Medicare & Social Security taxes. You might want to talk to a tax preparer to see if you need to be making quarterly estimated payments.
Answered By: WRG - 9/26/2011
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