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I have a W2 job that pays me $130K per year. I also have

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I have a W2 job that pays me $130K per year.

I also have a home business that will make about $40K this year.     Do I need to pay SE tax on the $40K?   How do I file schedule SE?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 7 years ago.
Hello ralph,

For the 2009 tax year, you only pay social security tax on the first $106,800 of your taxable earnings. So since your regular W-2 job already exceeds that amount, you will not owe any SS tax on your self employment income.

However, there is no cap on Medicare taxes. Medicare is taxed at 2.9% of your total taxable earnings for the year, regardless of the amount. On your W-2 job, your employer pays 1.45% of that tax and the other 1.45% is withheld from your check. On your earnings from self employment, you will be responsible for the full amount of 2.9% since you are basically both the employer and the employee.

When you fill out Schedule SE, you will fill out Section B which is the long schedule, and this will allow you to exclude any SS tax due on the self employment earnings, as you will indicate on that schedule that you already paid the maximum tax on your regular job.

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Thank you ralph.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
LOL. Well that was easy.   Should have read the form more carefully.   Thanks Merlo!
Expert:  Merlo replied 7 years ago.
Thank you ralph, and let me know if you have more questions.