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  • Paul Carrano

Freelancers and Workers in the Gig Economy

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The landscape for freelancers and workers in the economy has undergone significant changes, particularly in tax management. Self-employed individuals must be well-informed and prepared. Here are some important tips to help you effectively navigate your tax responsibilities.

Understanding Your Tax Responsibilities

Knowing What Is Taxable

It's important to understand that your income as a freelancer or gig worker is subject to taxes. This includes earnings from part-time sideline work. Remember, the income is still taxable even if it is not reported on forms like 1099 MISC or 1099 K.

Reporting Your Income

Ensure that all your income is accurately reported. This becomes particularly important if you're juggling gigs or side jobs. Keep records of all transactions regardless of their size.

Maximizing Deductions

Deductible Expenses

One advantage of freelancing is being able to deduct business expenses. This may include home office costs, travel expenses, supplies, and necessary equipment. It's essential to maintain records and keep receipts for these expenses.

Deductions for Self-Employment Tax

Freelancers are responsible for paying self-employment taxes, including Social Security and Medicare. The good news is that you can reduce your income by deducting 50% of the self-employment tax you owe.

Saving for Retirement

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Solo 401(k)s

Contributing to retirement accounts such as IRAs and Solo 401(k)s helps you build your retirement savings and offers potential tax advantages. For 2023, the contribution limits for IRAs and Roth IRAs have slightly increased.

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Setting Money Aside for Medical Expenses

If you have a deductible health plan, it can be a wise choice to contribute to an HSA. For 2023, the maximum contribution limits for HSAs have increased, allowing you to save pre-tax dollars specifically for medical expenses.

Tax Benefits for Families: Child Tax Credit

Families Can Benefit from Tax Breaks

For families with children, the Child Tax Credit can significantly lower their tax burden. In 2023, the credit remains at $2,000 per child under 17, with phase-out thresholds starting at income levels.

Considerations Regarding Minimum Tax (AMT)

Stay Informed about AMT Changes

The AMT exemption and phase-out thresholds have been raised for 2023.

Although the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) mainly impacts households with incomes, it's crucial to keep it in mind when planning your taxes.

Estate and Gift Tax

Understanding Exemptions

The estate and gift tax exemption has increased for 2023, providing flexibility for estate planning. It is important to consider how this change could affect your long-term financial plans.

Maintaining Records: Your Strongest Defense

Keeping Accurate and Detailed Records

Effective tax management relies on record keeping. Make sure you maintain records of all your income and expenses. Take advantage of tools and software to simplify this process.

Navigating taxes as a freelancer or gig worker can be intricate. With careful planning and organization, you can handle your tax responsibilities efficiently while maximizing potential advantages.

Looking for Expert Tax Advice?

If you're a freelancer or gig economy worker seeking guidance in managing your tax situation Certainty Tax Advisors is available to help. Our experienced team can assist you in optimizing your tax strategy and ensure you're utilizing all deductions and credits. Get in touch with us at 718 676 4185. Visit our contact page to schedule a consultation. Let us make tax time less burdensome for you.

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