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Self Employed? Part Time Worker? Pay Your Self-Employment Taxes

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

For those persons employed full-time by a reputable company, there is no option but to pay your Social Security taxes. The employer takes this money out of each paycheck. But, for the self-employed or part-timers not considers employees, things get trickier.

15% Of Gross Earnings

If the companies you worked for during the year did not deduct Social Security taxes from what they paid you, it is up to you to do so. This can be daunting because the numbers are so large. Employees

There's No Ducking It

split Social Security taxes with their employers. Each pays half or 7.65% of your gross earnings. If the person paying you does not contribute her half, you need to pay both halves. That amounts to more than 15% of every dollar you earn. This not money you will get back in a refund, either. This is money going to fund current recipients of Social Security benefits.

The IRS Probably Won't Catch You, But . . .

It is understandable that people do not want to see 15% of their income vanish. For this reason, many self-employed people simply do not pay this tax.  With the IRS all but out of the enforcement business, such people can probably get away with this tax dodge. But there is a price to pay.

No Taxes, No Disability, No Retirement

If you become disabled, you will not be eligible for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. As for as Social Security is concerned, you don't exist. Even if you don't become disabled, you will have less money coming to you in Social Security retirement. This could affect not just you but your spouse

Thank God I Paid My Taxes All Those Years!

and your children.

This Will All Make Sense One Day

Nobody likes to pay taxes, but in this example, paying them makes more sense than not paying them. So, come next April, do the right thing and pay those self-employment taxes.  One day, you will be glad you did.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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