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This may sound stupid, but are actors paid at least minimum wage?
Or is there some other kind of arrangement?
I didn't realize this would be such a tricky question. Is this a non-tax thing that no one wants to tackle for fear of reprecussions from the IRS.
11-07-2008, 02:13 PM
At our haunt the actors become employees so yes we pay at least minimum.
11-07-2008, 02:57 PM
Seems there are three basic takes on this issue.
one: you hire employees and are subject to the labor laws in your state.
two: volunteer force and you can "tip" them as you choose
three: independent contractors. This is a fine line to walk. Under $600.00 in total payout per actor is a good place to start. But there are very strict limits to how much control you have. Refer to local labor laws for definitions. If there is ever a problem (injury or unhappy camper) you had better be tight on this because the labor board typically favors the employee. General adage is " if looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck: its a duck!" You don't really want to be on the wrong side of that one.
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