When you work for a company, your employer pays a portion of your Social Security and Medicare taxes. However, when you are self-employed, you are responsible for paying the “employer” portion of those taxes. Self-employment tax (SE tax) is used to collect those Social Security and Medicare taxes from self-employed individuals.
Here’s what you need to know:
- If you earn more than $400 in a year from self-employment activities, you are required to pay SE tax.
- Most church employees are required to pay self-employment tax. Any church employee who earns income of at least $108.28 must pay SE tax.
- The “employer-equivalent” portion of your SE tax can be deducted when figuring your adjusted gross income. This decreases your income tax but not your self-employment tax.
- You can pay your SE tax along with your income tax via estimated tax payments.
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