Let us handle the paperwork

You focus on your business, we'll focus on the paperwork. Elance helps keep you protected and compliant with tax and labor laws.

Contract terms

All freelancer relationships on Elance are governed by the Elance Service Agreement (unless you specify otherwise) which clearly establishes the nature of the relationship as a work-for-hire independent freelancer.


U.S. based clients hiring U.S. freelancers may be required to submit a 1099 tax form to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Elance eliminates this manual process, and will file a 1099 on your behalf as a free option. Elance will issue the applicable 1099 forms to the IRS and to any freelancer who you’ve paid $600 or more in a calendar year.


Elance offers an integrated W2 solution that helps you minimize risk, save money, and easily manage your remote workers. For larger, ongoing jobs, Elance provides an employer of record (EOR) service through Elance Payroll Services.

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Elance includes two levels of insurance protection. All freelancers on Elance are covered with Errors and Omissions insurance. Additionally, freelancers hired through Elance Payroll Services are covered with general and professional liability protection.