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Self-Employment Tax


As an employee, you had FICA tax withheld from your wages, and your employer matched your contribution and remitted both to the IRS. As a self-employed person, you are required to pay both halves of those taxes, called self employment tax.

Self-employment tax is based on your NET earnings from self- employment, as explained in the instructions for Schedule SE.

Note, As an employee you had 7.65% withheld from your pay.  However the true full rate is 15.3%.  Your employer was required to pay 1/2 of the this tax.

As a Self-employed your are both the employee and employer thus you must pay the full 15.3% tax.

The 15.3% is broken down into two parts.  Social Security and Medicare.

Social Security is 6.2% for 1/2 or 12.4% full.

Medicare is 1.45% for 1/2 or 2.9% full.

Medicare must always be paid but social security is limited each year to a max self-employed income at which time social security is no longer due.



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Last modified: January 30, 2017