For tax purposes, there are many ways to conduct a business. For example, you may operate as an S corporation or a partnership. But many new ventures start out as sole proprietorships. Here are some tax considerations involved in operating with that entity.
Do you operate your business from home or perform certain functions at home that are related to your business? You might be able to claim home office deductions on your tax return.
In addition to income tax, you must pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on earned income, such as salary and self-employment income. The 12.4% Social Security tax applies only up to the Social Security wage base of $118,500 for 2016. All earned income is subject to the 2.9% Medicare tax. The taxes are split equally[ … ]