A Guide on Taxes for Independent Contractors.
Involvement in any economic activity prompts the payment of taxes, and this is every person’s responsibility. Currently, most people prefer to work as independent contractors whose taxing and taxes are different from other permanent workers. Independent contractor taxes are unique as they have a different form and tax credit, different deductions, and the rate also varies with different independent contractors. If you are an independent contractor, here is what you need to know about your taxes.
Independent contractors have to report about their income to the IRS as they are their bosses and they have to represent themselves. The also have to pay for their social security and medical care deductions personally. Independent contractors are taxed differently, and for this reason, they receive different tax forms. These forms include the Schedule-C, the Schedule-SE, a Form-1040-ES and a 1099-MISC form.
Independent contractors are eligible for different tax credits. With tax credits, part of the cash you are to pay to the IRS in form of tax is left with you. You can easily get these tax credits with the aid of the services of a professional or a taxation software. Earned income tax credit, child and dependent care credit, and retirement saving contribution credit are the common tax relief credits you can get as an independent contractor.
There are a number of deductions which you also enjoy if you are an independent contractor. Unlike tax credit, the deductions are geared towards reducing the amount of cash that is eligible for the actual taxation. There are many deductions which you can look out for and they include a home office deduction, contributions to retirement accounts, deductions to tuition and fees, expenses related to moving for jobs and also student loan interest paid.
Filing of taxes may pose a challenge to you during the tax filing season. This should not worry you as there are multiple options which you can go for and succeed in filing your returns. Seeking the services of a tax professional are the best option of having your returns file successfully and on time. Engaging a tax pro will see you enjoy convenience and you will never miss out on tax deductions and credit. If you want to file the returns personally, you can use the IRS tax filing tool. You can also fill out physical tax return forms and send them to the IRS through your mailbox. The last technique you can use to fill your returns is through software designed to file the returns.