Self Employment Tax in Richmond, California

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In Richmond, California, there are specific taxes that are placed 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 ensure that you don't pay more or less than you are obliged to.

Typically, it's the employer who makes all these calculations, and the employee doesn't have to think about it. Most larger employers have payroll departments to oversee these matters, making it pretty simple for them. But, if you are self-employed, it's up to you to accurately determine what you have to pay in self-employment taxes

Self-Employment tax obligations in Richmond, California

If you are an independent contractor, or run a sole proprietorship (a company which you own, and which is not incorporated as a separate legal entity), you must pay the so-called "self-employment tax" if your income from self-employment is higher than $400 per year.

Workers who are employed by someone else enjoy at least one perk that the self-employed do not: their employer matches their Social Security and Medicare contributions, essentially doubling the amount of money that's contributed to these funds on the employee's behalf.

But, if you are a self-employed business owner in Richmond, California, you are liable for both the employee and employer contributions to Medicare and Social Security. This basically doubles your self-employment tax rate.

In Richmond, 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 additional 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 Richmond, California Tax Attorney Help?

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

With all that said, if you are having difficulty determining just how much money you owe in Medicare and Social Security taxes from self-employment in Richmond, California, and keep good financial records, it should be relatively easy for a decent tax attorney to help you. And, if you end up facing a more significant legal issue over your self-employment tax liability, a tax attorney may prove to be invaluable.

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Life in Richmond

Richmond, California is located in Contra County in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Richmond's population of over 103,000 reflects the diversity of the Greater Bay Area.  Richmond's economy is driven by heavy industry as well as the service and commercial industries.  The city's location along the Western coast makes it a popular residential and commuting area.

Richmond was incorporated in 1905 and has historically functioned as a suburb of San Francisco.  The city is filled with many outdoor parks, and maintains several sites that are listed with the National Register of Historic Places.  Waterfront fishing is very popular due to the huge variety of marine wildlife in the area.  The Richmond waters are home to many species such as sturgeon, manta rays, flounders, trout, and the rare Olympia Oyster. 

Point Richmond or "The Point", is a small village in Richmond known for its charming boutiques, owner-operated stores, and coffee shops.  It has a distinct old-town appearance with its historic streetlights and benches.  Other attractions in Richmond, California include the Masquers Playhouse, the Plunge (a swimming pool complex), and the Richmond Art Center.  Annual festivities such as "Juneteenth" and Cinco de Mayo celebrations showcase Richmond's diverse and creative community.

Lawyers in Richmond, California often assist their clients at the Richmond Superior Court (George D. Carroll Courthouse).  The courthouse process several types of legal claims and has seven different courtrooms as well as a public law library.  Richmond lawyers are available to help clients with legal claims or questions.

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