A freelancer must quickly learn how to run all the aspects of their business. Unlike employees, a freelancer is expected to calculate and pay their own taxes. This is difficult task, but there are advantages to this financial control.
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Why Freelance? The Advantages of W-2 versus 1099

The term "freelance" comes from the works of Sir Walter Scott and refers to traveling knights offering their services in battle to noblemen for a fee. This colorful designation is now used for independent contractors who offer their services to companies but are not officially employed by them. The freelancer is free to work in whatever manner they would like in order to accomplish the task given to them.

It is easy to see the benefits to working for oneself. However, a freelancer must quickly learn how to run all the aspects of their business. Unlike employees, a freelancer is expected to calculate and pay their own taxes. This is difficult task, but there are advantages to this financial control.

What is a W-2?

A W-2 is a statement that an employee receives from their employer at the end of a year. It lists their gross wages, taxes withheld, insurance payments, and other transactions made between the two parties. The company has already sent the employee's income taxes to the IRS and usually has paid some of the social security tax. The employee uses their W-2 to file their taxes for the last tax year. They may need to add additional income received from investments or independent work. The forms aid them in calculating their taxes and determining whether they owe taxes or will receive a refund.

What is a 1099?

A 1099 is a statement that an independent contractor receives from a company. It is simply a form showing how much the individual has been paid by the entity. There have been no taxes withheld and no other deductions. The freelancers are completely responsible for filing and paying their own taxes based on their income.

An employer of an independent contractor is required to file a 1099 form with the IRS if they pay the worker more than $600. This is so the IRS is aware that the freelancer is receiving wages and can make sure the taxes are paid.

Filing Self-Employment Taxes

Switching from receiving a W-2 to a 1099 may seem like a lot of added trouble during tax time, but there are advantages to having control over how the process. Those who pay self-employment taxes are subject to a tax rate of 15.3 percent. Those who make under $400 do not have to pay taxes at all. The rate is not flat. It is adjusted according to the net income of the individual subject to their filing status.

An independent contractor uses the 1099 and other records to calculate their net income and taxes. This works much in the same way for those who file with W-2s, but the tax is not overpaid because of an estimate on the part of an employer. Therefore, the 1040 form a freelancer files at the end of the tax year will calculate the correct taxes for the calendar year without any overpayment.

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