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# The Ins and Outs of Independent Contractor Taxes

When diving into the world of independent contractor taxes, one can't help but think that W-2 employees seem to have it easy when it comes to taxes. Employers withhold taxes for their employees, saving them the hassle of doing it themselves. As an independent contractor, you wear the honorary titles of both employer and employee and the fate of your taxes lies in your hands. Independent contractors are sometimes referred to as freelancers, gig workers or self-employed individuals. Businesses may choose to hire independent contractors to keep operational costs in check and meet increased workload demands. When it comes to handling independent contractor taxes, there's a lot to take into account since you need to estimate how much you'll owe and pay taxes quarterly. But once you get the hang of it, you'll know which taxes you need to pay, so there are no surprises when your taxes are due.
Key Takeaways
• Independent contractor taxes are reported as a sole proprietorship
• Federal tax rates vary depending on your tax bracket
• Quarterly taxes are due if you expect to owe at least \$1,000 in taxes

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## Calculating independent contractor taxes

Self-employment taxes are made up of Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes, with a rate of 15.3% of your net income. In an employer-employee relationship, the employer would pay half of this, and the employee the other half. As self-employed individuals, independent contractors are required to pay the full 15%, although half of this can be deducted from your income tax.
For the 2022 tax year, you'll pay a 15.3% self-employment tax on 92.35% of your total earnings. So why is it 92.35% and not 100%? The 7.65% deduction represents the FICA taxes your employer would pay if you were an employee. Let's say you expect to make \$150,000 from your content writing business this year. Multiply \$138,525 (92.35% of 150,000) by 15.3%. So the amount of SECA taxes you'll owe is about \$21,194.

## Tax rates for independent contractors

The tax rates for independent contractors vary according to your income level. The tax rate for federal taxes starts at 10% and increases to 37% based on your income after deductions and filing status. It might be helpful to use a tax bracket calculator to find your tax rate and pay the correct percentage of taxes. The 2022 federal income tax rates:
• Filing Status
• Single
• Single
• Married Filing Jointly
• Married Filing Jointly
• Married Filing Separately
• Married Filing Separately
• Tax Rate
• From
• To
• From
• To
• From
• To
• From
• To
• 10%
• \$0
• \$10,275
• \$0
• \$14,650
• \$0
• \$20,550
• \$0
• \$10,275
• 12%
• \$10,276
• \$41,775
• \$14,651
• \$55,900
• \$20,551
• \$83,550
• \$10,276
• \$41,775
• 22%
• \$41,776
• \$89,075
• \$55,901
• \$89,050
• \$83,551
• \$178,150
• \$41,776
• \$89,075
• 24%
• \$89,076
• \$170,050
• \$89,051
• \$170,050
• \$178,151
• \$340,100
• \$89,076
• \$170,050
• 32%
• \$170,051
• \$215,950
• \$170,051
• \$215,950
• \$340,101
• \$431,900
• \$170,051
• \$215,950
• 35%
• \$215,951
• \$539,900
• \$215,951
• \$539,900
• \$431,901
• \$647,850
• \$215,951
• \$323,925
• 37%
• \$539,901
• -
• \$539,901
• -
• \$647,851
• -
• \$323,926
• -

## Tax deductions for independent contractors

Tax deductions can help ease the burden of taxes by lowering your taxable income and you can claim numerous 1099 tax deductions as an independent contractor. The deductions get reported on Schedule C. Some business-related deductions include:
• Home office
• Travel expenses
• Interest Vehicle-related expenses
• Phone & internet bills
Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), you might be eligible for qualified business income interest deduction, which allows you to deduct up to 30% of your business income. It must be your business income before depreciation and interest. In the past, business interest was fully deductible.

## Independent contractor quarterly taxes

As if paying taxes once a year wasn't enough work, independent contractors are required to make estimated tax payments four times a year. Schedule SE can help you calculate how much you'll owe, or you can use an independent contractor taxes calculator that can help estimate your quarterly tax payments.
Estimated state tax payments may also be required depending on where you live. Make sure you know whether your state is expecting you to make quarterly estimated tax payments, so you don't receive a late payment penalty.

## How do independent contractors file taxes?

Reporting independent contractor taxes is done a bit differently than a W-2 employee. The IRS requires you to report your business profits and losses on Schedule C. You'll attach this along with your personal income tax return, Form 1040. Any income you earn needs to be reported to the IRS along with taxes on that income. Factoring in deductions will help lower the taxable income and ultimately the taxes you'll need to pay. You'll use Schedule SE to report your self-employment taxes and attach it with your tax return. As an independent contractor, if you expect to owe at least \$1,000 in taxes in a year, you're required to make estimated quarterly tax payments.

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