Self Employment Tax in Diamond Bar, California

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In Diamond Bar, California, there are particular taxes that are enforced on employees, which are deducted from their paychecks. The generally 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 clearly how much you owe, to confirm that you don't pay more or less than you are obligated to.

Normally, 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 Diamond Bar, California

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

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

But, if you're self employed in Diamond Bar, California, or anywhere else, you are obligated to make the employee AND employer contributions to Social Security and Medicare, basically doubling your employment tax liability.

In Diamond Bar, 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 Diamond Bar, California Tax Attorney Help?

If you're self-employed in Diamond Bar, you need to keep complete records of all your income and expenses from the operation of your business. This will make it much easier for you to calculate your taxes when they come due, and it will make it simpler for a tax attorney to give you good, useful advice, should you eventually need it.

That said, if you are encountering trouble figuring out clearly how much self-employment tax you owe in Diamond Bar, 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 requirement, a good tax attorney can give you the best possible chance of getting a favorable result.

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Life in Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar, California is a largely residential city located in the eastern region of Los Angeles County.  It is conveniently situated where the Orange and Pomona freeways meet, just about 25 miles away from downtown Los Angeles.  Diamond Bar's location and economy make it an excellent commuter town with many employment opportunities.

The city was named after a type of ranching brand known as a "diamond over a bar", which reflects the city's historical foundations in cattle ranching.  The ranching industry helped lay the foundation for Diamond Bar's economic progress.  Currently, top employers in Diamond Bar, California include major organizations such as Allstate, Traveler's, and South Coast Air Quality Management District.  Many Diamond Bar residents enjoy a close commute to other employment sites nearby in the region.

Diamond Bar is particularly known for its focus on family life and communal events.  For example, the city holds weekend Farmer's Markets, regular Book Fairs, and other similar functions.  Residents enjoy participating events such as the Holiday Home Decorating Contest.  Other attractions in Diamond Bar, California include the T.H. Pendergast Museum and a lush golf course.  The city was also one of the first master-planned communities in the U.S.

Lawyers in Diamond Bar, California often assist clients at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, located nearby.  Diamond Bar lawyers are able to offer assistance in a broad range of legal categories and topics.  Many Diamond Bar attorneys participate in local community events and functions.

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