Keeping Ahead of Your Taxes as a Contractor

It’s never too early to get your tax documents organized and ready for filing, especially if paying estimated quarterly taxes is something you want to consider.

As more Americans seek autonomy from freelancing, often turning side hustles into second or third careers, it’s essential to consider the tax realities when transitioning from a W-2 employee to an independent contractor.

Adventures in Freelancing

Freelancers are responsible for paying self-employment tax. The self-employment tax rate is 15.3%, divided between Social Security (12.4%) and Medicare (2.9%).

Freelancing offers autonomy, flexibility, and more growth opportunities than the traditional 9 to 5 work model. As a result, 59 million Americans freelanced last year, representing 36% of the workforce. 

What Do The Experts Have To Say?

“Treat bookkeeping and accounting as a weekly habit, not something you do at tax time,” encourages Marina Vaamonde, the owner and founder of HouseCashin, America’s biggest marketplace for selling off-market houses.

Noah Cammann, the founder and CEO of Cofes, recommends paying quarterly taxes because it allows you to avoid paying interest on any tax debt. It can also improve your credit score.

Pay Quarterly Taxes & Stay Organized

Stay on Top of Income and Expenses

No one wants to file their taxes, but staying organized from the start of the year can make your life a lot less stressful at the end of the year, whether you’re paying altogether or paying quarterly taxes.

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