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Uber has to pay New Jersey nearly $650 million in employment taxes

Uber may insist that its drivers are contractors and not employees, but New Jersey isn’t buying that argument. The state’s labor department has slapped Uber and its Rasier subsidiary with a nearly $650 million bill for overdue unemployment and disability insurance taxes from the past four years, arguing that the ridesharing firm misclassified drivers. About $523 million of that is actual taxes, while up to $119 million is due in interest and penalties. Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said this was an example of the administration “cracking down on employee misclassification” and that there was “no reason” on-demand workers couldn’t be treated like other flexible staff.

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