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How do you write off 1/2 of the Social Security Taxes for Self Employment?

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Retirement tax questions

It is done automatically.  Turbo Tax will put it on 1040 line 27.

Self Employment tax (Scheduled SE) is generated if a person has $400 or more of net profit from self-employment on Schedule C.  You pay 15.3% SE tax on 92.35% of your Net Profit greater than $400.  The 15.3% self employed SE Tax is to pay both the employer part and employee part of Social Security and Medicare.  So you get social security credit for it when you retire.  You do get to take off the 50% ER portion of the SE tax as an adjustment on line 27 of the 1040.  The SE tax is already included in your tax due or reduced your refund.  It is on the 1040 line 57.  The SE tax is in addition to your regular income tax on the net profit. You will still owe the SE tax even if your taxable income is reduced to zero (by exemptions and deductions) and you don't owe any regular income tax on it.

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