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self employed

My husband and I are self employed in trucking. We only worked in January and earned $12,540. Our deductions way exceed our income but when I enter them we still owe taxes, I don't understand this?

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self employed

If you are self-employed, you owe self-employment tax (see link below), which is separate from income tax.

 

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/self-employment-tax-social-security-an...

Employee Tax Expert

self employed

That does not make sense to me. If you have negative income, you don't have a tax liability. If you had a positive income, I would say the self employment taxes must be paid.

 

I feel like there is a missing piece to the puzzle. Oh, I see @tagteam popped in an answer while I was typing and included my favorite link - to the business center. Great link, It has videos too.

 

This one is for you, Trucking Tax Center

 

 

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