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By the Numbers

As of 11/1:
130 Provider and Candidate Company Members
8 Associate Members
51,131 Evaluators
5,911 Facebook Followers
4,605 Members of IC Facebook Group

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With 2019 just around the corner, remember the options that are available to showcase your company and offerings to your fellow MSPA Americas members. Advertising opportunities on the website (homepage and interior pages), in The Minute and, of course, sponsorship. Be sure to check out all this information and contact Michelle at MSPA Headquarters if you are interested in utilizing these benefits.
Gain industry exposure for your company. MSPA Americas Annual Sponsorship program keeps you distinguished from the rest! Click here to learn more.

New Tax Deduction Could Generate Significant Tax Savings

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new tax deduction – of up to 20% – for pass-through entities (e.g., S corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, or partnership), which includes independent-contractor evaluators and could generate significant tax savings! Owners of MSPA member companies may also be eligible to claim this deduction.
During December, MSPA is partnering with CertifiedSE to present three webinars on how evaluators can claim this significant tax deduction.
Webinar participants will also receive a one-year membership to, a tool empowering self-employed entrepreneurs by certifying that they have taken affirmative steps to establish an independent business. Certified entrepreneurs –
CertifiedSEs – present a lower risk of worker misclassification to their clients and bolster their eligibility to claim this new tax deduction.
A summary of the new tax deduction that can be distributed to evaluators is available here. Also look for webinar promotion and registration opening soon to share with your shoppers!

Fly-In Report

MSPA members participated in an impactful fly-in on November 14th, where they participated in 22 scheduled meetings with staff to members of Congress and relevant congressional committees. The fly-in was dedicated principally to two issues:
  1. to urge opposition to any legislative proposals that would impose a tax-withholding requirement on payments to independent contractors and
  2. to advocate in favor of a bill that would harmonize the definition of the term “employee” for purposes of federal statutes and thereby protect a company against having to defend its independent-contractor relationships multiple times for purposes of different statutes that define the term “employee” differently. 

Those who participated in the fly-in found it to be productive and a positive experience. If you were not able to participate in this fly-in, we hope to see you at the next one! The more who participate, the more effective a fly-in can be and you almost certainly will find the experience to be both rewarding and enjoyable.

Thank you to the companies that participated!
360 Intel
A Closer Look
Alta360 Research
ath Power Consulting
BARE International
Customer 1st
Research Metrics
Secret Shopper
Special thanks to Paul Ryan and Russ Hollrah for organizing the fly-in!

Training Webinar for Your Evaluators

MSPA is a great resource for training evaluators and building up their skills and abilities. Our webinars on Becoming the Best Shopper in Providing Quality Feedback during August and September were very well received and contain a plethora of valuable information. Share this archive with your evaluator database!

Make Sure Your Opportunities are Knocking

The MSPA Americas website is visited by more than 40,000 unique visitors every month—a large portion being evaluators in search of assignments. Make sure you and your team are using the Opportunity Board, a job board benefit included with your MSPA Americas membership.
In 2019, we will be updating the Opportunity Board and making some changes. Please watch for upcoming messages about those changes and share them with your schedulers.
Need an overview on accessing this tool? Check out the Service Provider FAQ or contact Candice at Headquarters!

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