DEFINITION of 'Statutory Employee'
A class of employee that is permitted to deduct work-related expenses on Schedule C instead of Schedule A. Statutory employees are usually salespeople or other employees who work on commission.
Statutory employees are independent contractors under the IRS's common-law rules.
BREAKING DOWN 'Statutory Employee'
Statutory employees are granted a greater tax deduction for their business expenses than other employees, because Schedule C expenses are not subject to the 2% adjusted-gross-income threshold like expenses on Schedule A.