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Keep up with estimated taxes prepayments.
Every now and then the IRS will check and possibly charge a penalty+interest. After ignoring it for several years I finally got hit once - after that I behaved myself.
On the flip side, your travel and expenses are much more easily deducted from your income. Just as an example, you may not have "Transit Checks" for to pay for public transport with pre-tax dollars but you now can use it as a business expense (usually) and there's no cap as there would be with tranist checks. Equipment purchases and stuff, too. Just don't be a pig about it.
I've been doing 1099 for the last 15 years. I'm too lazy and unorganized to file estimated quarterly taxes, even though the accountant provides the forms every year. Sure, I have to pay a measly penalty, but I get to keep my money until filing time.
Wow, how prophetic! I too have just talked with a client about 1099 work, it has been many years since I did that. I need to dust of my EIN (if I can find it) and make sure the business bank account is still alive.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
I do 1099 work myself but had to incorporate a while back for another gig. So, now I run 1099 directly to my company (LLC) which then has a payroll service handle my taxes. So it looks like this:
-- client pays me but writes check to my company (they don't do 1099, they have a business expense paid for services rendered)
-- I deposit said check into company's business bank acct
-- my company hires payroll company (I pay $25/mo to write me a paycheck, take out taxes (fed/state/local), delivers W2 each year and pays corporate quarterly taxes.
-- Payroll service sends me "paychecks"
-- I write myself a corporate "draw" to split my taxable paycheck income and my business owner income (less social security)
So, for $25/mo and the extra step of running it through my company I am protected legally and financially. The payroll service does all the tax nonsense I have no interest in keeping track of. I can also use my company to handle health/travel/business expenses differently than 1099.
Not saying going LLC/incorporated is the best way, but its an option that isn't that difficult to set up.
Are used to be an Independent contractor for many years. Thanks to Obamacare I can no longer do that and must be an employee of a company. The reason is that my premiums went from $12,000 a year to $30,000 a year for my family. To add further insult to injury, Obama care insurance ( the individual market) Is really just a discount card in that it has a $7000 deductible AND the benefit is so poor that it no longer qualifies for HSA. Anybody who thinks keeping Obamacare is a good idea is either getting it for free—welfare or is an ideologue who has no experience with it. Good luck to you being an independent contractor, I did it for many years and it was a good deal, until my health insurance premiums went through the roof and the benefits became a discount card — thanks to Obama care. Being an independent now is only viable if you have a spouse that works or aren’t on your parents insurance.
I would talk with a CPA about this. I did 1099 and although it's not hard sending in your estimated taxes every quarter, it's a bit tricky. You need to make sure that you're sending in the right amount or you will face a penalty. If things change from the previous year then you will need to make some adjustments.
I got screwed pretty bad because my wife made more bonuses so we ended up being a little short. Not terrible but instead of a potential refund we owed a small amount.
Also consider the cost of health insurance. That's a real killer, and now that I have a FT job with benefits I'm saving over $9K USD a year on that alone.
"Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music."
Well, among the dumb and smart things, as they go hand in hand:
Dumb: Didn't put away 30% for taxes.
Smart: Took my base hourly pay rate and added 50% to factor in taxes, insurance, etc.
Dumb: Thinking I could make it as a contractor with piddly gigs
Smart: Getting long term lucrative contracts from large tech companies that, even though you're a contractor, pay you on a W2 so you're not paying self-employment taxes.
Dumb: File your own taxes
Smart: Pay a tax accountant. Can save more money than he/she costs. And they know the changes in the laws.
Otherwise, the rest is project specific. Some of the other dumb things I've done involved taking on a gig that I knew I'd hate (some bizarre Ruby on Rails app a guy was developing in the corner of the 10th floor in the Time Warner building that was completely vacant otherwise, yes, the whole damn floor and that required traveling to Virginia twice a month.) I realized there are some things I will not do no matter how much you pay me.
I saw a few memes with this song lately (it's what this song became famous for).
For some reason I remember listening to this back when I was a kid, but I must've confused it with a different song because it was released in 2009
Anyway, it DOES have a nice 90's vibe.
Listening to it once or twice per day and so it's SOTW