I feel like I've been taken advantage of and manipulated. I've always paid my taxes, but always used w-2 until this year. This year was the first time I was ever considered an independent contractor, And filing taxes was a nightmare because when I finally calculated my 1099 miscellaneous I discovered I wasn't getting money back as I usually did. This year, Because I filed a 1099 miscellaneous I had to pay $4000 in taxes. I've never had that much money in my bank account in my lifetime, I'm only 25 years old. I feel I was taken advantage of… The IRS independent contractor definition states, “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 tax 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. (I was a personal caregiver for this woman, by the way…I did private medical practices like suppository’s and bowel routines and she had no problem bossing me around ”wash my hair, shake down, soak my hair, warm my sholders, hand me the nossal, white rag, soap, blue rag, wash my lowers, shave my legs, non-stop…) From the moment I started working there, I was trained step-by-step on exactly what to do and how to do it. This contradicts independent contractor defined. I worked for this woman for one year and three months I made $15 an hour and generally worked 3 to 4 days a week 6-9 hours per day. She was constantly telling me exactly what to do and how to do it. I often described her as a micromanager. When I finally stopped working for her I even made a step-by-step what to do, when to do it, what she doesn't like, in biological order because she had a very intense regimen every other day for bathroom and shower, and a 2-3 day training period for her new contractors (I took that upon myself). I recently just read these definitions, and I think I should've been considered an employee by her. She always hang that over my head too, “you work for me” she would say. The IRS common law employee definition states, Under common-law rules, anyone who performs services for you is your employee if you can control what will be done and how it will be done. This is so even when you give the employee freedom of action. What matters is that you have the right to control the details of how the services are performed. Is there anything I can do to amend my taxes so late in the game? I'm currently making payments to the IRS at $60 a month because I can't afford anything. Can I sue this woman for taking advantage of me, and what about everyone else she is taking advantage of? I was always there for her, now I see I was manipulated.