The Self Exployment Tax rate is 15.3%, but the Federal Balance Due is showing a balance due that would be in line with 19.7%. Is this correct or is there a bug?
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The Self Exployment Tax rate is 15.3%, but the Federal Balance Due is showing a balance due that would be in line with 19.7%. Is this correct or is there a bug?

 
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The Self Exployment Tax rate is 15.3%, but the Federal Balance Due is showing a balance due that would be in line with 19.7%. Is this correct or is there a bug?

You also owe regular income tax on the net profit.

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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The Self Exployment Tax rate is 15.3%, but the Federal Balance Due is showing a balance due that would be in line with 19.7%. Is this correct or is there a bug?

Self-employment taxes cover only FICA taxes (social security and medicare).  You are still responsible for federal income taxes on your net profit.

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