We're running a magazine ad; we provide the ad to the publisher (a one-person LLC) and he will invoice us. Since we provide the ad, does this business need to be vetted by our independent contractor committee?

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We are cautious here not to assume we know what "vetting by your independent contractor committee" means. That said, advertising is a service (reportable if payment hits the $600 threshold for 1099s).  Beyond that, it is a matter of company policy whether this should be vetted by your committee.

Some considerations: If you know the vendor’s publication is reliably produced, you may not feel an extra layer of approval is necessary here. Certainly request a copy of the publication carrying your ad—actually it’s common practice for a publisher to provide you a copy or a few copies of the publication carrying your ad. That “proves” the deliverable (assuming the publication is hardcopy; if the ad is on the web, you can see it there).

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