Self Employment Tax in Alhambra, California

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In Alhambra, California, there are certain taxes that are placed 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 crucial 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 Alhambra, California

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

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, effectively doubling the amount of money that's contributed to these funds on the employee's behalf.

However, if you are self-employed in Alhambra, California, you are liable to pay both the employee and employer share of the employment tax. Effectively, this means that the employment tax for self-employed individuals is double what it would be for regular employees.

The self-employment tax rate is 15.3% of all self-employment income, assuming your income from self-employment exceeds $400 per year in Alhambra, California. But half of your self-employment tax liability can be deducted from your income tax. This results in a slightly lower income tax bill, which partially offsets this additional tax burden. It essentially means that the self-employment tax only applies to 92% of your income, as opposed to all of it. This means that your effective self-employment tax rate is about 14%, as opposed to over 15%.

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Can a Alhambra, California Tax Attorney Help?

Self-employed individuals in Alhambra must ensure that they keep good, thorough financial records. This makes it much easier to determine what you owe, and, if you need a tax attorney, it makes it easier for them to help you with your legal tax issues.

That said, if you are having trouble figuring out exactly how much self-employment tax you owe in Alhambra, California, a competent tax attorney shouldn't have any trouble helping you on that front. Likewise, if you end up in a dispute with the government over your self-employment tax obligation, a good tax attorney can give you the best possible chance of getting a favorable result.

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Life in Alhambra

Alhambra, California is a city in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California. Its population is currently about 83,000 people. 

Alhambra, California is known for "The Hat" - one of its major local landmarks - it is a restaurant with a very strong cult following, and has developed into a region Southern California chain, providing a significant boost to the local economy. 

The largest employers in Alhambra, California are in the education, government, and healthcare, and energy industries. The power company Southern California Edison is one of the largest employers in the area.

Because of its diversified economy, Alhambra, California's lawyers are well versed in many different practice areas, from complicated business litigation, down to comparatively simple consumer and family legal issues.

So, if you're looking for legal advice, and live in or around Alhambra, California, you can be almost certain that there's an Alhambra, California attorney who can help you.



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