I'm probably going to hire a freelance web designer for a few day to complete a project. The designer will probably be freelance so I will be paying a fixed amount on completion. Are there any legal issue such as tax details I need to be aware of. Also should we be signing any documents, for example a requirements list to state the conditions for completion of the job. Thanks
Edit: I live in the UK
From experience I can say that it is always a good idea to establish a contract for these kinds of agreements. Even if this is for a short period of time. Even if the one you hire is a friend. A contract:
You should use a written contract, which you both sign, and in it specify what needs to be delivered, the criteria for success, the payment schedule and the procedure for dispute resolution.
There should be no tax implications, as you are hiring a professional and not engaging in an employer-employee relationship.