Why should I register as an IC Pro?

Registering for Independent Contractor Pro status will:Get you more shops (especially over other shoppers who aren't IC PRO) - the higher your IC Pro rating, the more likely that you'll receive shops.

  • Help keep your shop fees as high as possible.
  • Help the entire mystery shopping industry (and the shoppers, the mystery shopping companies, and the companies that pay for mystery shopping) stay profitable and thriving as a whole.

At the federal and state level, government agencies are challenging independent contractor status ("IC" status) in many industries. By declaring more workers as employees instead of ICs, these government agencies can collect more taxes and other revenues from you (as mystery shoppers) and mystery shopping companies.  While mystery shopping is not the intended target of these actions, our industry is in definite danger of getting caught up unless action is taken from all sides.

This is why mystery shopping companies are giving preferential treatment to shoppers who support keeping the mystery shopping industry as free as possible by declaring themselves as mystery shopping professionals running independent businesses.

How do I register as an IC Pro?

IC Pro

  1. What is IC Pro?
  2. Why should I register as an IC Pro?
  3. Do I need a paid account to be an IC Pro?
  4. Do I have to fill out all sections of the IC Pro form?
  5. How do I register as an IC Pro?
  6. How can I tell if a SASSIE company uses IC Pro?
  7. How do you keep my IC Pro information secure?
  8. What's a tax ID/TIN?
  9. Why do you want me to submit a W-9?
  10. I'm not seeing my IC Pro score on some of my SASSIE accounts
  11. IC Pro won't accept my SSN/EIN
  12. My SSN/EIN is verified in SASSIE but IC Pro won't accept it
  13. I'm getting an IC Pro error that says "No match found for <my name>. Check your SASSIE accounts for the name that your tax ID is verified under, and enter the correct name here."
  14. I'm getting an IC Pro error that says "No match found for business name <my business name>."
  15. I'm getting an IC Pro error that says "No match found for that name/number combination. Check your SASSIE accounts for the name and verification status."
  16. I'm getting an IC Pro error that says "Tax ID could not be verified -- SASSIE verification status is INVALID."
  17. I'm getting an IC Pro error that says "Tax ID could not be verified -- SASSIE verification status is PENDING."
  18. I'm getting an IC Pro error that says "Tax ID type is not correct -- please change and try again."
  19. My name on my SASSIE profile is Jane Smith, but I verified using the alternate name of Jane Doe. Which do I enter in IC Pro?
  20. Why would I want to give permission for invoicing?
  21. How can I view my invoices?
  22. How do I create a logo?
  23. Will my mystery shopping income be reported if I'm an IC Pro?
  24. Do I have to report my mystery shopping income?
  25. I'm not from the US. How do I register for IC Pro?

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