Category Archives: Independent Contractors

New Social Security Mismatch Rule

Shades of 1984 and McCarthyism! This new rule is going further than simply holding employers responsible for ensuring that the workers they hire are all legal. That is as it should be. Everyone should take responsibility for their own actions and choices. However, it includes a snitch-factor – encouraging employees to turn others in – […]

Foreign Earned Income

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in the Tax Parlor, who tells us “I started working overseas in Kuwait for a US company in March 2007. I am a USMC contractor planning on working this contract through September 2008. Will I be able to take advantage of the foreign earned income credit exclusion? And what is […]

Got 941

Today TaxMama hears from Sylvia in the Tax Parlor, who tells us. “After many years in business, my husband got an EIN last year so he could send out 1099s. Well, just after we finished filing our joint tax return this year, he gets a letter from IRS saying he has to file a quarterly […]

New Writer Mom

Today TaxMama hears from Writer Mom at SavvyMommy.com, who says “Last year I published two articles for a magazine and have been trying to build a career as a freelance writer. My earnings totaled $970 from freelance writing last year. Should I file? Do I write off the home office already set up because my […]

Credit Card Debt

Today TaxMama hears from Ken in the Tax Parlor with this tale of woe. “I received a 1099-C in 2005 and included it on my tax return. The credit card company has since taken me to Arbitration and my defense is that I have already paid taxes on this debt. Is there some publication that […]

Freelance Project

Today TaxMama hears from Melissa in the Tax Parlor, who tells us , “Hello! I am a real estate agent (independent contractor) and I was just offered a very part time consulting position for a local non-profit neighborhood organization. I will be researching the neighborhood real estate market and reporting back to the non-profit. This […]

Auto Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Lynn in Indiana, who says “I have 2 cars, a Corvette with a $537 per month lease payment and a Ford Escort that’s all paid off. If I work at 2 offices as an independent contractor, do I have to travel to both in one day to write off mileage? How […]

Consulting Mommy

Today TaxMama hears from Megan in KY who tells us, “I have recently been asked to do some marketing communications consulting work for my previous company. I went on maternity leave last February, then resigned. In this freelance position, I have a cap of 25 hours per week that I may work. This is the […]

Taxed Twice?

Today TaxMama hears from Kerry in Iowa, who tells us. “My husband is a sole proprietor general contractor. The lumberyard has handed him some great jobs. But they have been the general contractor on them. They pay my husband for his contracts with them. Recently, we hired a subcontractor to do the electrical work, which […]

Last Minute 1099

Today TaxMama hears from Marie in NY, who has a problem, “I am a self-employed educational consultant. I am issuing a 1099 to someone for the first time this year. I see that it must be filed with the IRS by March 31, 2006. Can I do this electronically online? How can I still make […]

Double Dipping

Today TaxMama hears from Danny in New York City, who tells us, “In 2005 I was working for a consulting firm. as an employee doing doo-dad things for $20 an hour, part-time. In September, I became a consultant for them and worked full-time at a client company. When that happened (September) I continued to doo-dad […]