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Small Business Taxes: How To Pay Less Self-Employment Tax

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Executive Summary

If you're new to the world of small business taxes, this paper gives a quick review of self-employment tax. Sole proprietors and those taxed like sole proprietors (i.e. partnership partners and LLC owners who have not chosen to be taxed like a corporation) must pay 15.3% of their business profit in SE tax to the federal government. This consists of 12.4% social security tax and 2.9% Medicare tax. In effect, it is the self-employed person's version of the employee/employee federal payroll tax of 15.3%.

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