Question: As the owner of a business, am I required to complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification?

Answer: Form I-9 requirements are triggered by the hire of an individual for employment in the United States. A “hire” is the actual commencement of employment of an employee for wages or other remuneration. If the owner is also an employee of the company and receiving payroll, they too are required to complete the Form I-9. Failure to comply with all Form I-9 requirements could result in civil penalties imposed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) against the employer.

Therefore, as the owner, if you are providing payroll or other remuneration to yourself or any other person, you are required to meet I-9 requirements or face potential penalties as may be allocated against the company.