Self Employment Tax in Daly City, California

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In Daly City, California, there are specific taxes that are levied on employees, which are deducted from their paychecks. The typically 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 extremely important to know that, if you are self-employed, you still have to pay those taxes, and it's also up to you to figure out precisely how much you owe, to confirm that you don't pay more or less than you are obliged to.

Typically, it's the employer who does all the calculations, deciding what deductions need to be made from a worker's paycheck to cover his or her tax liability. But if you are your own boss, you have to do this, and confirm that your figures are accurate.

Self-Employment tax obligations in Daly City, California

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 usual employees, Social Security and Medicare payments are made in equal parts by the employee and employer. This essentially means that every employee's contribution to his or her future Medicare and Social Security benefits is matched by the employer.

However, self-employed workers in Daly City, California must make both the employee and employer contributions. Thus, this means that the Medicare and Social Security tax liabilities apply doubly to the self-employed.

In Daly City, California, self-employed business owners pay a self-employment tax rate of 15.3%. This is, of course, separate from, and additional to, whatever they pay in income tax. In an effort to partially offset this further tax burden, half of what one pays in self-employment taxes can be deducted from their income when filing their income taxes. This means that the self employed pay income taxes on, at most, 92% of their income. And it's probably less, thanks to all the other deductions they might qualify for. This deduction lowers the effective self-employment tax rate to 14%, rather than the "official" rate of over 15%.

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Can a Daly City, California Tax Attorney Help?

If you are self-employed in Daly City, it's extremely important for you to be diligent in keeping records of your income and expenses, to ensure that you pay all the self-employment taxes that you owe (and also to make sure you don't over-pay). You may one day need a tax attorney to advise you with a legal issue, and they can help you far more efficiently if you are able to quickly present them with all the relevant information.

If you have any difficulty calculating your self-employment tax liability, an efficient Daly City, California tax attorney would likely have very little trouble assisting you figure it out. A reliable lawyer can also give you practical legal advice, which can help you avoid more egregious tax law issues in the future, by dealing with them before they become problematic.

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Life in Daly City

Daly City, California is a city in San Mateo County. It has a population of about 102,000 people. 

Daly City was founded in the 1770s, when the Spanish first settled California. Later, when Mexico gained independence from Spain, the area now known as Daly City was part of Mexico, until Mexico lost California in the Mexican-American War. It got its current name in the late 1800s, and is named after John Daly, a prominent local businessman and landowner. Daly City, California is known for being one of the only cities in the United States in which a majority of the population is Asian-American.

The economy of Daly City, California is largely based on healthcare, public education, retail, and services. Most of the professionals who live in Daly City, such as lawyers, work in the larger cities nearby. However, there are still many lawyers who practice within Daly City, and specialize in serving Daly City residents.

If you live in Daly City and are in need of legal services, it's almost certain that there is a Daly City, California attorney who can help.

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