According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a joint project from Babson College and the London Business School, some 27 million working-age Americans are starting or maintaining new businesses – this means almost 14% of the adult population of the US is involved in pursuing entrepreneurship.
This sector of the US economy is experiencing enormous growth, and with more people than ever becoming entrepreneurs, joining the gig economy, starting a small business, or otherwise working as self-employed professionals, it could pay to know how self-employment can impact your tax situation.
One of the most important deductions is the new Qualified Business Income (QBI): Self-employed workers and small business owners might be eligible for a deduction of 20% of eligible income before taxes. The QBI deduction is available to taxpayers whose taxable income falls below $157,000 for individuals, or $315,000 for joint returns, and to certain taxpayers with higher business income. QBI is income from a trade or business in the US, such as rideshare driving, consulting, e-commerce, or reselling income. The deduction does not include wages earned as an employee and business-generated capital gains, interest, and dividend income.
In addition to the QBI deduction, here are seven of the most important and common deductions available to gig-economy workers, freelancers, contractors, the self-employed, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. Depending on their profession and whether they qualify for these deductions, these taxpayers may be able to deduct:
If you’ve made $600 or more from any one gig, you should receive Form 1099-MISC, and if you’ve been paid through a third party, you can expect to get Form 1099-K if you’ve been paid at least $20,000, or have at least 200 transactions. Even if you receive neither of these forms, you are still responsible for reporting – and paying taxes on – this income.
If you’re self-employed in America’s rapidly expanding gig economy, getting to know the tax deductions you might qualify for can help you stay ready and keep track of your job-related spending throughout the year. Don’t be surprised at tax time; stay informed and stay on top of your taxes.