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Differences in taxes paid for W2 employee vs. 1099 contractor working on sites like ODesk.com?

Currently, I make about $96000 a year as a W2 employee in the USA. Suppose I were to make the same amount through working on sites like ODesk.com at home. In other words, I would be an independent ...
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Self-Employed Individual 401k Contribution Tax Questions

If as an unincorporated self-employed person, one contributed x dollars to my individual 401(k) personally y dollars to my individual 401(k) as my own employer How are these two numbers reflected ...
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Can self-employed individuals deduct their mileage spent commuting to events?

I'm a self-employed individual who works in the event setup/execution/teardown industry. I am preparing my taxes and I'm trying to figure out if I can deduct my mileage spent commuting from my house ...
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Should my mother be an Independent Contractor or my Employee (for tax purposes) as she provides babysitting services to my young children?

My 65-year old mother lives with us in Florida, and she takes care of our two young children while my husband and I are at work. My husband and I pay my mother about $6,000 a year in cash, and we use ...
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What will my taxes be as self employed?

I have a lot of questions about this but I'm only going to dive into these two for now: What tool can I use to calculate my taxes? As a freelancer, are there other options besides filing as ...
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UK Income tax relief for ISAs: How does the sheltering of earnings work?

I have been led to believe that earnings may be 'sheltered' by placing some amount of them into an ISA. I've not been able to find a great deal out about this, and I don't have a personal accountant. ...
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Self Employed, but not required to pay estimated taxes?

According to Chapter 2 of Publication 505 on the IRS website, I am not required to pay estimated self-employment taxes because I do not plan on having taxes totalling over $1,000 by the end of the ...
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Joint bank account and taxes in UK

I am working full time in UK and don't have any other jobs or money sources except this full time job. I have a bank account in HSBC UK. My wife is going to register as self employed (freelancer) here ...
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Claiming car as a business expense in the UK

I am filing my tax return as a self-employed in the UK and would like to claim my car as a business expense. I have read the "Rates for cars" section of this website: ...
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Opening Company in US as non US resident and living in native country. Tax questions!

I'm planing to open company (C Corporation) with my friend in US, specifically Delaware. But I am not US resident nor is he. Him and I live in Croatia, Europe. We will be owners of company and only ...
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Can I deduct expenses incurred to earn side-income, while full-time employed - in Canada?

I've just been hired full time at a firm I used to independently consult at. As a sole proprietor, I'm used to writing off my home office space, various software subscriptions, equipment, web ...
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Privacy Concerns For Self Employment Taxes

I'm a UK based freelance website developer, registered as self employed and trading under my own name. I have to be honest that things haven't been going all that well recently so I'm turning my ...
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What should I know about paying taxes for working from home as a new resident in the UK?

I am soon moving to the UK. (I have been a freelance web designer and developer.) What would I need to be sound in the UK and to be fit to work online as a freelancer? Will it include paying any ...
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Self-employed individual 401k self, match, and profit sharing contribution limits?

I set up a self-employed individual 401k and am confused about the limits on this. I'm a sole proprietor with no other employer-provided 401k than this one I set up on my own. It seems I can make ...
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How is taxation for youtube/twitch etc monetization handled in the UK?

I am pondering putting video up on youtube with monetization (i.e. putting up adverts), or stream on twitch. However, I would like to know what the tax consequences are. I assume the income is ...
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What taxes does a US citizen doing freelance work (self-employed) in the UK have to pay to the US government?

Currently I'm a US citizen living in the UK on a Maltese (EU) passport. While I have worked full-time for companies here in the UK, I've recently had an offer to do some freelance work for a company ...
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Do I need to register as self employed in Ontario, Canada?

I am moving from UK, where I am registered as self employed under my own name, to Ontario, Canada. In Canada I will be both employed in a full time job and self employed, making a small amount of ...
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California S Corp Net Income and Employee Compensation

I was looking into S-Corp structures. In California, S-Corps are taxed at a 1.5% rate on their net income. What I couldn't figure out is if this 1.5% rate applies to the income of the S-Corp after ...
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UK Contractor with Limited Company

I recently set up a limited company and have an accountant taking care of much of the financial side. I wanted an opinion other than my accountants. For the entire income I recieve from clients I am ...
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Self Employed 401k: contributions vs more available deductions

I'm in a unique situation this year where I worked self-employed 1099 for a few months and am full time W-2 for the rest. My full time job does not offer a 401k, but I can open a self-employed 401k ...
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US-NYC Tax question about self-employment work online for a Europe based company

I've been doing contract work online for a company based in Germany. So far I've made about 2,880 from Jan-June $500 a month then $480 after paypal. I don't get a 1099 from them. But I was wondering ...
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Self employment taxation as a non-resident citizen

If I don't live in the US long enough to be considered a resident (less than 150 days/year), do I still have to pay self employment tax on income that I generate while traveling (income generated ...
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Estimated Tax Requirements (1040es) Seem Low

TL;DR - Form 1040es lines 14a and 14b are very different, causing me to be wary of my end result for required quarterly estimated tax payments. I've been working through my 1040es for the first time ...
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So far, expect to only make (1099) income in Q1 of 2014… What's my estimated liability?

I've earned a significant amount of 1099 income (self-employed) in the first quarter of 2014 (through 3/31/2014), but as of now, I have no idea what (if anything) I will earn for the rest of the year. ...
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How do self employment equipment/software deductions work?

General tax-related question, here. Let's say I do freelance work and need to buy special software or equipment to do that work. When I claim that work as income and pay taxes on it, I know that I ...
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Do I need to pay income taxes for the money I earn online from a foreign website?

I work for a website based in Europe and they pay me every month to my bank account (salary account). Every time I receive funds, I will get a call from the bank for confirmation and they ask for the ...
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Can a 1099 consultant receive unemployment benefits (EDD) after termination from a separate full time job?

My wife, on occasion, is called upon to consult at a former employer, which had been after hours with-respect-to her normal 9 to 5 job. She was laid-off from her 9-5 job, however, she still gets ...
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Getting financial advice: Accountant vs. Investment Adviser vs. Internet/self-taught?

Previously, I was a simple case: I earned a salary, and I paid taxes. Therefore, I've been filing my own tax returns using online software. Now: + wife, + kid, + mortgage, + want to contribute to ...
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UK self-employed freelancing in Japan. Who do I pay tax to on my earnings?

I am registered with HMRC in the UK as self-employed. In July I will be going to Japan on a working holiday visa. Whilst in Japan I intend to freelance remotely for companies in the UK and Japan. My ...
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How to pay N.I contributions when both employed and self-employed?

I make less than £6k a year from my self-employed work, and N.I is taken off my employment PAYE. Should I be paying N.I contributions for my self-employed work as well?
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Liability insurance for hobby

Maybe I'm paranoid or something but it is hard not to be one when all you see in the news how some people sue others based on ridicules charges and then settle for millions. My situation: I work full ...
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How does LLC affects my taxes?

I read this article http://www.watsoncpagroup.com/kb/How-does-an-LLC-or-S-Corps-income-affect-my-taxes_73.html but still can get it. My scenario: I work for a company full time and earn (let's say) ...
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Creating a personal company [closed]

I'm developing several software which will be (I hope) really useful and will find it's customers, I'm doing it all by myself. For graphical works etc. I hire freelance designers online, but ...
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When do I pay taxes if I'm self employed?

This is my first time paying/filing for taxes. Starting April 2013, I started getting paid as a part time independent contractor. When I get paid, nothing is withheld. I have no idea when to pay ...
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Should I keep separate the capital used by my two businesses?

I have two kinds of business. I sell stationery and pants. Each business has it own capital. But I have trouble with the stationery business capital – some bad credits happened in the business. ...
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Why should I report extra income from a side-job to the IRS?

Say an individual earns extra money on the side by tutoring through craigslist. Moral obligations aside, why should that person report those earnings when doing taxes? What I'm asking is how the IRS ...
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Can I connect a PayPal account to a business bank account instead of a personal bank account?

If I write online content and get paid through my PayPal account, and if the PayPal account is connected to my business bank account, does my income automatically become my corporation's income? ...
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Can I start a home based business with an online company, if I owe back taxes?

I am currently looking at an online company that was advertised as a way to make extra money from home on the internet. It has a decent start up and the information provided on the website about the ...
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How can contractors recoup taxation-related expenses?

I am doing consultant as my job side job. I am wondering if I should put tax in my invoice on top of my charges. This is the current state of the negotiation regarding taxes: You will not be ...
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Consult as an individual or as a company?

I work full time (so benefits, etc are covered), and recently have been offered a consulting position for a previous employer. I have read and fall within the acceptable guidelines of the Moonlighting ...
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W2 vs 1099 Employee status

I've in the middle of an offer for employment. During negotiations, I've asked for more money due to distance involved (Further by far than I'd normally consider, but the pay raise I'd get is ...
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For a sole trader, what is the benefit of using a business bank account?

First of all: Are you allowed to have two personal current accounts with a debit card attached to each one? If yes, can a sole trader in the UK use the second personal account for business ...
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How do banks feel about loaning money to independent IT contractors for a home mortgage?

I'm in IT, I go on contracts that range from 3-6 months, but they have a termination clause of 2 weeks usually. I earn $900 NZ per day. How lenient would a bank be on lending say $400K to me, which I ...
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How do taxes work with donations made to an individual, e.g. for free software I wrote?

If I offer a piece of software for free, but give users the option to make a donation on the webpage, what laws govern those donations? Do I report it as income? Is it subject to just the same amount ...
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I'm self-employed, should I contribute to a SEP-IRA or a Solo 401k?

I own my company and am the only employee. I have set up a SEP-IRA, but have yet to contribute to it. Can anyone expand on benefits of my SEP-IRA vs. opening a Solo 401k and contributing to it ...
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How do I avoid paying higher taxes on freelance work in the UK?

I have a day job that puts me in the 40% income tax bracket. I am doing some freelance work on the side which should bring in an additional £20,000 a year and am looking for a way to avoid paying 40% ...
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What do I use for the article number and % rate on the W-8BEN form, for publishing & selling my ebooks?

I am an Indian citizen living in Singapore. I am publishing ebooks on Amazon, Apple, etc., and I have just gotten the EIN. I need help in Part II of the W-8BEN form, where it asks for the Article ...
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Save a dollar for house downpayment or put it in an individual 401(k)?

I am a self-employed independent contractor. I'm trying to decide what to do with any extra income I earn over the near future, given that I have the eventual goal of purchasing a house (within 2-3 ...
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Full Time Job and Self Employment and a 1040ES

Currently I am full time employed with a company, and am in the 25% tax bracket and claim no exemptions. I also have a website that I get ad revenue from. Last year I had a few hundred dollars I owed ...
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W2 and 1099 (self employed) income in same year: social security taxable income limit?

For 2013, the maximum taxable social security income for employees on wages is $113,700, and for self employed individuals it is also $113,700 (though obviously at a higher rate). Suppose a person is ...