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Overcoming 1099 tax issues

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2024 | IRS, Tax Controversy, Tax Law

Contract work offers flexibility in your work schedule, leading to better work-life balance. It can also provide diverse experiences, higher pay and the freedom to choose projects of interest. However, 1099 workers, often called independent contractors or freelancers, can face unique tax issues.

5 common issues

Here are some common tax issues that 1099 workers in Michigan might face and some potential solutions:

  1. Understanding the tax forms: 1099 workers in Michigan receive income record forms such as 1099-R, 1099-MISC, and 1099-NEC1. It is important to understand what these forms represent and how to file them correctly. These forms from the Michigan Treasury’s Income Record Form Remittance Guide and the IRS provide detailed filing options and instructions.
  2. Tax withholdings: Unlike W-2 employees, 1099 workers are responsible for their own income taxes, which means they need to set aside money to cover their tax liability. One solution is to make estimated tax payments throughout the year to avoid a large tax bill at the end of the year.
  3. Self-employment taxes: 1099 workers are responsible for paying self-employment taxes, which include Medicare and Social Security taxes. These taxes can add up, so it’s essential to budget for them.
  4. Expenses and deductions: 1099 workers often have business-related expenses that they can deduct from their taxable income. Keeping detailed records of these expenses can help reduce their tax liability.
  5. Unpaid taxes: If a 1099 worker finds they owe more in taxes than they can afford to pay, it’s important to address this issue as soon as possible. The best course of action is to pay the total amount to the IRS as soon as possible to avoid added penalties and interest. If this isn’t possible, there are other options, such as setting up a payment plan with the IRS.

Is the problem more complex?

Remember, every individual’s tax situation is unique, and it’s always a good idea to consult with a tax professional to ensure you’re meeting all your tax obligations and taking advantage of any potential deductions or credits. If the issue is more complex than what is outlined above, or involves a dispute with the Michigan Department of Treasury or the IRS, it may also be a smart business decision to contact an experienced tax law attorney. They can help with determining a workable payment plan or resolving other disputes.