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I own a hair salon and cut hair 3 days a week, just myself

I pull in $80k a...
I own a hair salon and cut hair 3 days a week, just myself I pull in $80k a year. I am an S Corp so can I pay myself a reasonable salary of 32k, pay payroll tax on that amount and then pass through the remaining 48k? Even though 32k is very reasonable for a hair dresser in my area I actually make 80k. This is very confusing to me.
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What you describe sounds reasonable; you will pay yourself a "reasonable salary" based on what someone would make as a hairdresser in your area, and then the rest of what you take out of the business is considered return of capital.

Customer:

So even though I am actually earning 80k by myself I am able to pay myself a "reasonable" salary and then treat the draws I make as return on capital?

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Yes, but you are still paying income tax on the entire 80,000

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it's just the self employment taxes you are only paying that on the $32,000

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There are two taxes

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Do I have to pay self employment tax or payroll tax on the 32k?

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Yes.

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Payroll taxes are self employment taxes

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