Self Employment Tax in Tucson, Arizona

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In Tucson, Arizona, there are certain taxes that are levied on employees, which are deducted from their paychecks. The mostly well-known employment taxes are the Medicare and Social Security tax, for which a small percentage of every employee's paycheck is deducted.

It's essential to note that if you are self-employed, you're still liable for those taxes, and it's your responsibility to figure out what you owe.

In most cases, employers make all the necessary calculations to determine how much needs to be deducted from an employee's check to pay these taxes. It's usually very simple, and any decent payroll software can automate this process. But the self-employed are responsible for figuring this out for themselves, or hiring an accountant to do it.

Self-Employment tax obligations in Tucson, Arizona

If you mainly work as an independent contractor, or are the owner of a sole proprietorship, you have to pay what's regularly referred to as the "self-employment tax," if your annual income from self-employment is over $400.

For people who are employed by another person or company, the employer usually matches the employee's contributions to Medicare and Social Security. This effectively means that, when you look at your Medicare and Social Security tax statements on your paychecks, you can know that those programs are actually getting double what's shown there - with your employer covering the other half.

But, if you're self employed in Tucson, Arizona, or anywhere else, you are required to make the employee AND employer contributions to Social Security and Medicare, effectively doubling your employment tax liability.

Self-employed workers in Tucson, Arizona pay a self-employment tax rate of 15.3% of their income that's derived from self-employment. But, half of whatever they end up paying in self-employment tax is deductible from income tax. This effectively creates a tax deduction of nearly 8% of one's income, requiring you to only pay taxes on 92% of what you earn. Further tax deductions may lower that number further. When this deduction is taken into account, the self-employment tax rate is effectively 14%, as opposed to over 15%.

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Can a Tucson, Arizona Tax Attorney Help?

If you are self-employed in Tucson, it's essential that you keep good records of your income and expenses, because a tax attorney will only be able to help you to the extent that you help yourself.

Anyone having difficulty with figuring out what they owe in self-employment taxes in Tucson, Arizona should seek the advice of a reputable tax attorney. Most tax attorneys also have a good knowledge of accounting, so making this determination probably won't be too hard for them. And on top of that, a competent tax attorney can give you objective and useful legal advice, which can help prevent more egregious issues from arising in the future.

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Life in Tucson

Tucson is a major city in Arizona and the county seat of Pima County.  With a population of about 548,000, it is the second largest city in Arizona after Phoenix.  Tucson is just over 100 miles from Phoenix and about an hour away from the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Often called "The Old Pueblo", Tucson is an attractive mix of traditional southwestern culture and modern innovations.  The downtown area of Tucson has retained much of its historic southwest feel.  Several downtown buildings such as the Hotel Congress and the Art Deco Fox Theater were constructed in the 1920's.  Midtown Tucson also draws many visitors to the city.  For example, the University of Arizona is located in midtown, which includes Arizona Stadium as well as the McKale Center. 

The tourism industry fuels much of Tucson's economy, with some 3.5 million visitors bringing in over $2 billion a year.  Tucson's warm climate attracts many "snowbirds", or winter visitors who often purchase a second home in the city.  Popular events for tourists include the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and the Tucson Folk Festival.

Lawyers in Tucson, Arizona handle most of their cases at the Tucson City Court.  Tucson lawyers are available to help you understand the many laws that are unique to the state of Arizona. 

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