Johnny Horta joins us today to discuss small business taxes.
LMM’s resident tax expert schools us on small business taxes for all our side hustlers out there.
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If you run a small business you’ll have more write-offs than if you are an employee. The downside is, you have to pay all 15.3% of your FICA and social security taxes rather than paying 7.65% while your employer picks up the other half.
If you’re self employed, it’s a good idea to set up a Simple or SEP IRA. A Simple allows you to defer up to $12,500 and a SEP, up to $53,000. This can help lower your tax burden while helping you save for retirement.
If you’re just starting out it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with an accountant or a tax attorney. Just ask for a certain amount of time, an hour maybe and ask what they charge for that. Be sure to have a list of questions to make the most of the time.
According to the IRS, you are a business if you make money for three of five years. Otherwise, it’s classified as a hobby.
Lots of people want to use a home office deduction. But in order to do so, the office has to be “regularly and exclusively used as a home office for the business.” So if you work on your computer by day and watch Netflix on it by night, sorry, you’re out of luck.
Your home office is a mullet set up. Business in the front, party in the back.Tweet This
When you decide how to set your business up, sole proprietorship, LLC etc, the most important thing to consider is the likelihood that you’ll be sued. If it’s small, a sole proprietorship will probably be suitable.
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