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Everyone, from small business owners to independent contractors, knows there some extremely specific advantages to incorporating. Not only do you receive some protection in case of liability, since the business is held liable, instead of you – the individual owner – (although this depends largely on the circumstances, of course), but incorporating also sets you up to be eligible for plenty of tax breaks.

Since different types of corporations are taxed at varying rates, they are also eligible for many tax breaks that individuals are not. Without a doubt, sifting through the incorporation paperwork may help you quite a bit when filing your yearly federal and state tax returns. But overall, there are five main ways that you can save money on your taxes, simply by incorporating your business. So, you need to be aware of the following advantages when making any big decisions:

1) You Won’t Have to Pay Self-Employment Tax

If you are employed, your boss probably pays many of your taxes for you. Your pay stubs will show withholding for federal income tax, Medicare, and FICA. At the end of the year, you will receive a W-2 showing your total earnings from your job and the total amount of taxes withheld. Self-employed people must also pay these taxes, and they have to handle all of the details themselves. To understand whether you have to pay the self-employment tax, you need to determine whether you are “self-employed” for federal tax purposes, and whether you make enough from self-employment to need to pay the tax. Our Los Angeles tax advisors can help you assess these factors.

What Is the Self-Employment Tax?

It might be easiest to define the self-employment tax by comparing it to the taxes paid by employed persons. A typical employee has two types of tax withheld from their paychecks. The first is their individual federal income tax withholding. The amount that their employer withholds from each paycheck is based on the information they provided on Form W-4.

The other type of tax, commonly known as “payroll tax,” goes towards Social Security and Medicare. The Social Security portion is often known as the FICA tax, after the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. The employer withholds the following percentages of the employee’s gross wages:
– 6.2% for Social Security; and
– 1.45% for Medicare
The employer must match these amounts. While the employee pays 7.65 percent of their paycheck, the total amount received by the government equals 15.3 percent.

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