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Add your independent contractors

For a list of the type of contractors that Gusto supports, reference this article. Follow these steps to add independent contractors: 

  1. Click the People tab.
  2. ​Click Hire.
  3. Click Add a contractor
  4. Select if this is an Individual or Business contractor type.
  5. Enter the contractor's details such as name, compensation information, and email address.
    • If you elected Individual as the contractor type, you may be asked to answer additional questions about new hire reporting, their primary work state, and hire date. 
  6. At the bottom, select: Yes. Email the contractor requesting their details.
    • If you wish to enter all of their information yourself, unselect Yes. Email the contractor requesting their details and proceed with entering their SSN/EIN, address, and payment info.
  7. Click Save and Continue.
  8. Your contractor will receive an email requesting them to add their SSN/TIN (for an individual) or EIN (for a business), home address, and payment information for a direct deposit or check. When this is completed, you will be notified and can start paying them through Gusto.

Once you've added a contractor, you can use the people search bar at the top of your account to search for members of your team.

Contractor Forms

Gusto will provide electronic copies of 1099-MISC to your contractors, and will file your 1099-MISC forms to federal and state agencies (if applicable) at the end of the year. 

We do not currently support: 

  • 1099-MISC filings to locals, where applicable 
  • Back-up withholding, if required for your contractor 
  • Contractor withholding, if required by the state