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What Tax Forms Do I Use to File My Business Return?

Starting a new business and keeping it going through its first year is a great accomplishment. Congratulations! When you file a federal income tax return for your business, the paperwork and forms you will use depend on how your business is organized. Here’s how you’ll file your business return, based on your business type:

Do I Have to Pay Nanny Tax?

Understanding taxes can be hard. And when it comes to hiring a household employee – like a nanny – navigating the system can get even tougher. 

What’s the Difference between Estate Taxes and Inheritance Taxes?

As of 2015, you can have an estate worth up to $5.43 million before you need to worry about federal estate taxes taking a bite out of the money and other assets you leave to your heirs. Therein lies the problem. If taxpayers stop worrying about death tax planning altogether, their heirs could be in […]

9 FAQs about IRS Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts

If you are connected to an estate, trust or bankruptcy estate, or if you receive a Schedule K-1 from a Form 1041, you need to file Form 1041. Here are some answers to common questions you may have about Form 1041, U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts.

How Do the Affordable Care Act Subsidies Work?

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you must have a minimum level of health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, unless you meet one of the exceptions. That’s easy for people who get coverage through work, or who can afford to pay big premiums for their own plan. It’s also not an issue for people […]

How to Calculate and Make Estimated Tax Payments

If you’re like most taxpayers, you receive salary and wages from your employer and never have to worry about making estimated tax payments. Even if you receive additional income, such as interest and dividends, stock gains, or freelance income, the income tax withheld from wages usually covers your total income tax. If you have significant […]

6 Common Small Business Tax Deductions

Tax deductions are a great benefit for the average taxpayer, but they can bring even greater tax benefits to a small business owner, contractor or freelancer. Expensing business costs can help reduce taxes so you can put more money toward building your empire.

Insurance Considerations for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Taking the leap to becoming a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business owner is huge. If you’ve recently done it, congratulations! There is no doubt you have a long to-do list, but you need to make sure getting insurance is a high priority. While becoming your own boss has many perks, it often also means leaving […]