Does an independent contractor have the right to ask for and receive proof of payments made to them?

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Does an independent contractor have the right to ask for and receive proof of payments made to them?

About 6 weeks ago I asked an employer for verification that I’d been paid for all services performed and for invoices for every check I received for a certain month, includind check numbers. Then 3 weeks later I was told that I’d been paid for everything. I’m still waiting for the invoices and now I want to ask for copies of all the checks made out to me that month. What is a reasonable amount of time to wait for an answer?

Asked on August 27, 2011 California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

An independent contractor has the right to obtain written verification from the person owing on all bills submitted showing payment. The best way for you to verify payment as an independent contractor is for you to match invoices submitted with actual payments and then submit the seemingly unpaid bills to the person for verification of payment or not.

The best way to do this is to staple copies of the cancelled checks to the back of each invouce submitted and mark on the face of each paid invoce the number of the check made for the payment, its date and amount. Keep such in a particular file for ease of access.

A realistic time period for a response would be around ten (10) days or so depending upon the industry.


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