What is the taxation of self-employed individuals?

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by alan , in category: Taxation and Accounting , 9 months ago

What is the taxation of self-employed individuals?

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by andy , 9 months ago

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The taxation of self-employed individuals varies depending on the country and its specific tax laws. Here are some general principles:

  1. Self-Employment Tax: In the United States, self-employed individuals are required to pay self-employment tax, which consists of the Social Security and Medicare taxes. These taxes are typically 15.3% of their net earnings, but only apply to earnings above a certain threshold.
  2. Income Tax: Self-employed individuals are also subject to income tax on their net earnings. They must report their income on their personal tax returns and may have to pay both federal and state income taxes.
  3. Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments: Since self-employed individuals do not have taxes withheld from their income like traditional employees, they are usually required to make quarterly estimated tax payments to cover their income tax liability and self-employment tax throughout the year.
  4. Deductions and Credits: Self-employed individuals may be eligible for various deductions and credits to offset their tax liability. Some common deductions include business expenses, home office expenses, and health insurance premiums.


It is important to note that tax laws can be complex, and it is advisable to consult with a tax professional or accountant to ensure compliance and to optimize tax planning for individual circumstances.