Category: Do Your Own Taxes

How to Make Estimated Tax Payments and Avoid IRS Penalties

UPDATED FOR 2021 So many people – especially newly divorced single moms and first-time freelancers – end up in tax trouble for one common reason: They don't realize they need to make estimated tax payments.  So if you: Started a business Have a side gig Got unemployment Work from home as a freelancer Have any...

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Self-Employment Taxes: Here’s What You Need to Know

More and more people - especially single moms -  are working multiple jobs or side gigs to make ends meet. But not all of those jobs come with a “normal” paycheck, the kind with taxes taken out. And that's why you need to know about self-employment taxes. When you work as a freelancer or independent...

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How Freelancers, 1099 Workers, and Self-Employed Can Deduct 20% of Business Income

Did you know that you can deduct 20% of your business income on your personal tax return? You can, thanks to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA brought a lot of tax changes for small business owners. And if you're self-employed, a freelancer, contractor, or had any 1099 income - even from...

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How To Fill Out Schedule C If You're Self-Employed

If you're self-employed, work as a freelancer or contractor, or have a side gig, you are a business. And that means you'll need to fill out Schedule C as part of your federal income tax return. When you use Schedule C, you can deduct business expenses against the money you earned to lower your income......

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What to Do If the IRS Took Your Refund for Student Loans

Are you behind on your student loans? Many single moms face this same struggle. When budgets are super tight, student loan payments drop out of the “necessity” column. Because, honestly, those payments aren’t nearly as important as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. And if you have federal loans, your lenders are hooked into the...

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Business Tax Prep Checklist for Freelancers, Contractors, and 1099 Workers

Gather all of your business tax information here, and the hardest part of doing your taxes is done. Whether you DIY your taxes or go to a tax pro, this is what you’ll need to have on hand. Copy of last year’s tax return Your business tax ID number (if different than your Social Security...

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