TN 22 (04-01)

RS 01901.500 Distribution, Delivery and Vending of Newspapers and Magazines

Citations:

Section 210(a)(14) of the Social Security Act;

Regulation No.4, Sec. 404.1030

A. POLICY -- EFFECTIVE 1996 AND LATER

Under the Small Business Jobs Protection Act of 1996, all individuals engaged in the business of distributing newspapers and/or shopping news are considered direct sellers.

Therefore, beginning 1/1/96, earnings received by these individuals are self-employment income.

B. POLICY -- PRIOR TO 1996

All services performed by news vendors in the retail sales of newspapers or magazines to consumers are excepted from coverage when the items are sold at a fixed price and compensation is based on the excess of such price over the cost for the product.

Services in delivery and distribution of newspapers and shopping news (including home delivery) are excluded from coverage when performed by a person under age 18.

News vendors age 18 and older are considered self-employed.

C. REFERENCE

For instructions on the treatment of these earnings, see RS 01802.232.


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RS 01901.500 - Distribution, Delivery and Vending of Newspapers and Magazines - 06/25/2004
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:06/25/2004