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Self-Employment Tax

A tax assessed to small business owners reporting their income via Schedule C or via a K-1 from a partnership or limited liability company. It has two underlying components, the social security tax and the medicare tax. The combined rate equals 15.3% except during 2010 and 2011 whereby Congress reduced the tax to 13.3%.

Owner’s Draw in Business

06/22/2015

When an owner of a small business operation transfers money from the business bank account to their personal bank account the transaction is commonly referred to as a ‘Draw’.  There are other terms but this is the traditional term used.   The [...]

Mobile Food Vending – Profitability and Issues

05/14/2015

Many of you are wondering if you can make a good living as a mobile food vendor.  If there is profit, how much?  Are there any issues in this industry that will persuade me from becoming a mobile food vendor?  This article is going to answer [...]

Estimated Tax Payments – Why and How

01/25/2015

In the normal taxpayer relationship with the Internal Revenue Service, the taxpayer is an employee and via withholding, taxes are paid the U.S. Government by the employer.  Basically the employer pays the tax after each payroll run on behalf of all [...]

Booth Rental – Legal and IRS Compliance

01/13/2015

A long standing custom in the hair salon industry is owners of salons leasing out booths to hair stylists.  If not properly documented and exercised appropriately, the owner opens the door for many legal issues.  Booth rental is legal in many [...]

Real Estate Agent – Drawbacks and Delusions

11/17/2014

The highest prized benefit of owning your own business is independence.  You rely on your skills and have to report to no one but yourself.  This is the allure of becoming a real estate agent.  Imagine, making a lot of money and working when you [...]

Phantom Income

10/27/2014

Those small businesses using partnership or S-Corporation formats issue Form K-1 to the respective owners.  When income is assigned to the owner and there is no corresponding cash related to that income, then this income is referred to as [...]

Form 941 – The Basics

12/26/2012

Form 941 is the employer’s quarterly federal tax return.  It reports how much federal income taxes were withheld; Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes that are due and how much was paid in deposits to the Internal Revenue Service.  The [...]

Self-Employment Tax: You Can Stop Staring At Me Now!

11/28/2012

I was in the attic once hunting down a noise, of course it was at night and I don’t have any lights in the attic to assist me.  So, I grabbed my son’s Boy Scout Flashlight that mounts on your forehead and headed up to find a raccoon staring at [...]