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1040ez 2011 instructions 12. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Self-Employment Tax Table of Contents What's New for 2013 What's New for 2014 Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Why Pay Self-Employment Tax? How To Pay Self-Employment TaxReplacing a lost social security card. 1040ez 2011 instructions Name change. 1040ez 2011 instructions Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Who Must Pay Self-Employment Tax?Limited partner. 1040ez 2011 instructions Community property. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Self-Employment EarningsLandlord Participation in Farming Methods for Figuring Net EarningsRegular Method Farm Optional Method Nonfarm Optional Method Using Both Optional Methods Reporting Self-Employment Tax What's New for 2013 Tax rates. 1040ez 2011 instructions  For tax years beginning in 2013, the social security part of the self-employment tax increases from 10. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4% to 12. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4%. 1040ez 2011 instructions The Medicare part of the tax remains at 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9%. 1040ez 2011 instructions As a result, the self-employment tax is increased from 13. 1040ez 2011 instructions 3% to 15. 1040ez 2011 instructions 3%. 1040ez 2011 instructions Additional Medicare Tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions  For tax years beginning in 2013, a 0. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to your Medicare wages, Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income above a threshold amount. 1040ez 2011 instructions Use Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, to figure this tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information, see the Instructions for Form 8959. 1040ez 2011 instructions Maximum net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part (12. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4%) of the self-employment tax increased to $113,700 for 2013. 1040ez 2011 instructions There is no maximum limit on earnings subject to the Medicare part (2. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9%). 1040ez 2011 instructions What's New for 2014 Maximum net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax for 2014 will be discussed in the 2013 Publication 334. 1040ez 2011 instructions Introduction Self-employment tax (SE tax) is a social security and Medicare tax primarily for individuals who work for themselves. 1040ez 2011 instructions It is similar to the social security and Medicare taxes withheld from the pay of most wage earners. 1040ez 2011 instructions You usually have to pay SE tax if you are self-employed. 1040ez 2011 instructions You are usually self-employed if you operate your own farm on land you either own or rent. 1040ez 2011 instructions You have to figure SE tax on Schedule SE (Form 1040). 1040ez 2011 instructions Farmers who have employees may have to pay the employer's share of social security and Medicare taxes, as well. 1040ez 2011 instructions See chapter 13 for information on employment taxes. 1040ez 2011 instructions Self-employment tax rate. 1040ez 2011 instructions   For tax years beginning in 2013, the self-employment tax rate is 15. 1040ez 2011 instructions 3%. 1040ez 2011 instructions The rate consists of two parts: 12. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4% for social security (old-age, survivors, and disability insurance) and 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9% for Medicare (hospital insurance). 1040ez 2011 instructions Topics - This chapter discusses: Why pay self-employment tax How to pay self-employment tax Who must pay self-employment tax Figuring self-employment earnings Landlord participation in farming Methods for figuring net earnings Reporting self-employment tax Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 541 Partnerships Form (and Instructions) 1040 U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions Individual Income Tax Return Sch F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming Sch SE (Form 1040) Self-Employment Tax 1065 U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions Return of Partnership Income Sch K-1 (Form 1065) Partner's Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. 1040ez 2011 instructions See chapter 16 for information about getting publications and forms. 1040ez 2011 instructions Why Pay Self-Employment Tax? Social security benefits are available to self-employed persons just as they are to wage earners. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your payments of SE tax contribute to your coverage under the social security system. 1040ez 2011 instructions Social security coverage provides you with retirement benefits, disability benefits, survivor benefits, and hospital insurance (Medicare) benefits. 1040ez 2011 instructions How to become insured under social security. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You must be insured under the social security system before you begin receiving social security benefits. 1040ez 2011 instructions You are insured if you have the required number of credits (also called quarters of coverage). 1040ez 2011 instructions Earning credits in 2013. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You can earn a maximum of four credits per year. 1040ez 2011 instructions For 2013, you earn one credit for each $1,160 of combined wages and self-employment earnings subject to social security tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions You need $4,640 ($1,160 × 4) of combined wages and self-employment earnings subject to social security tax to earn four credits in 2013. 1040ez 2011 instructions It does not matter whether the income is earned in 1 quarter or is spread over 2 or more quarters. 1040ez 2011 instructions For an explanation of the number of credits you must have to be insured and the benefits available to you and your family under the social security program, consult your nearest Social Security Administration (SSA) office or visit the SSA website at www. 1040ez 2011 instructions socialsecurity. 1040ez 2011 instructions gov. 1040ez 2011 instructions Making false statements to get or to increase social security benefits may subject you to penalties. 1040ez 2011 instructions The Social Security Administration (SSA) time limit for posting self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Generally, the SSA will give you credit only for self-employment earnings reported on a tax return filed within 3 years, 3 months, and 15 days after the tax year you earned the income. 1040ez 2011 instructions    If you file your tax return or report a change in your self-employment earnings after the SSA time limit for posting self-employment earnings, the SSA may change its records, but only to remove or reduce the amount. 1040ez 2011 instructions The SSA will not change its records to increase your self-employment earnings after the SSA time limit listed above. 1040ez 2011 instructions How To Pay Self-Employment Tax To pay SE tax, you must have a social security number (SSN) or an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). 1040ez 2011 instructions This section explains how to: Obtain an SSN or ITIN, and Pay your SE tax using estimated tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions An ITIN does not entitle you to social security benefits. 1040ez 2011 instructions Obtaining an ITIN does not change your immigration or employment status under U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions law. 1040ez 2011 instructions Obtaining a social security number. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you have never had an SSN, apply for one using Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. 1040ez 2011 instructions The application is also available in Spanish. 1040ez 2011 instructions You can get this form at any Social Security office or by calling 1-800-772-1213. 1040ez 2011 instructions    You can also download Form SS-5 from the Social Security Administration website at  www. 1040ez 2011 instructions socialsecurity. 1040ez 2011 instructions gov. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you have a social security number from the time you were an employee, you must use that number. 1040ez 2011 instructions Do not apply for a new one. 1040ez 2011 instructions Replacing a lost social security card. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you have a number but lost your card, file Form SS-5. 1040ez 2011 instructions You will get a new card showing your original number, not a new number. 1040ez 2011 instructions Name change. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If your name has changed since you received your social security card, complete Form SS-5 to report a name change. 1040ez 2011 instructions Obtaining an individual taxpayer identification number. 1040ez 2011 instructions   The IRS will issue you an ITIN, for tax use only, if you are a nonresident or resident alien and you do not have, and are not eligible to get, an SSN. 1040ez 2011 instructions To apply for an ITIN, file Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. 1040ez 2011 instructions You can get this form by calling 1-800-829-3676. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information on ITINs, see Publication 1915, Understanding Your IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. 1040ez 2011 instructions Form W-7 and Publication 1915 are also available in Spanish. 1040ez 2011 instructions    You can also download Form W-7 from the IRS website at IRS. 1040ez 2011 instructions gov. 1040ez 2011 instructions Paying estimated tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Estimated tax is the method used to pay tax (including SE tax) on income not subject to withholding. 1040ez 2011 instructions You generally have to make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe tax, including SE tax, of $1,000 or more when you file your return. 1040ez 2011 instructions Use Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, to figure and pay the tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   However, if at least two-thirds of your gross income for 2013 or 2014 was from farming and you file your 2014 Form 1040 and pay all the tax due by March 2, 2015, you do not have to pay any estimated tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information about estimated tax for farmers, see chapter 15. 1040ez 2011 instructions Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You may have to pay a penalty if you do not pay enough estimated tax by its due date. 1040ez 2011 instructions Who Must Pay Self-Employment Tax? You must pay SE tax and file Schedule SE (Form 1040) if your net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more. 1040ez 2011 instructions The SE tax rules apply no matter how old you are and even if you are already receiving social security or Medicare benefits. 1040ez 2011 instructions Aliens. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Generally, resident aliens must pay self-employment tax under the same rules that apply to U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions citizens. 1040ez 2011 instructions Nonresident aliens are not subject to self-employment tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, residents of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa are subject to self-employment tax, as they are considered U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions residents for self-employment tax purposes. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information on aliens, see Publication 519, U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions Tax Guide for Aliens. 1040ez 2011 instructions Are you self-employed?   You are self-employed if you carry on a trade or business (such as running a farm) as a sole proprietor, an independent contractor, a member of a partnership, or are otherwise in business for yourself. 1040ez 2011 instructions A trade or business is generally an activity carried on for a livelihood or in good faith to make a profit. 1040ez 2011 instructions Share farmer. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You are a self-employed farmer under an income-sharing arrangement if both the following apply. 1040ez 2011 instructions You produce a crop or raise livestock on land belonging to another person. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your share of the crop or livestock, or the proceeds from their sale, depends on the amount produced. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your net farm profit or loss from the income-sharing arrangement is reported on Schedule F (Form 1040) and included in your self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you produce a crop or livestock on land belonging to another person and are to receive a specified rate of pay, a fixed sum of money, or a fixed quantity of the crop or livestock, and not a share of the crop or livestock or their proceeds, you may be either self-employed or an employee of the landowner. 1040ez 2011 instructions This will depend on whether the landowner has the right to direct or control your performance of services. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example. 1040ez 2011 instructions A share farmer produces a crop on land owned by another person on a 50-50 crop-share basis. 1040ez 2011 instructions Under the terms of their agreement, the share farmer furnishes the labor and half the cost of seed and fertilizer. 1040ez 2011 instructions The landowner furnishes the machinery and equipment used to produce and harvest the crop, and half the cost of seed and fertilizer. 1040ez 2011 instructions The share farmer is provided a house in which to live. 1040ez 2011 instructions The landowner and the share farmer decide on a cropping plan. 1040ez 2011 instructions The share farmer is a self-employed farmer for purposes of the agreement to produce the crops, and the share farmer's part of the profit or loss from the crops is reported on Schedule F (Form 1040) and included in self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions The tax treatment of the landowner is discussed later under Landlord Participation in Farming. 1040ez 2011 instructions Contract farming. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Under typical contract farming arrangements, the grower receives a fixed payment per unit of crops or finished livestock delivered to the processor or packing company. 1040ez 2011 instructions Since the grower typically furnishes labor and bears some production risk, the payments are reported on Schedule F and are therefore subject to self-employment tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4-H Club or FFA project. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If an individual participates in a 4-H Club or Future Farmers of America (FFA) project, any net income received from sales or prizes related to the project may be subject to income tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Report the net income as “Other income” on line 21 of Form 1040. 1040ez 2011 instructions If necessary, attach a statement showing the gross income and expenses. 1040ez 2011 instructions The net income may not be subject to SE tax if the project is primarily for educational purposes and not for profit, and is completed by the individual under the rules and economic restrictions of the sponsoring 4-H or FFA organization. 1040ez 2011 instructions Such a project is generally not considered a trade or business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Partners in a partnership. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Generally, you are self-employed if you are a member of a partnership that carries on a trade or business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Limited partner. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are a limited partner, your partnership income is generally not subject to SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, guaranteed payments you receive for services you perform for the partnership are subject to SE tax and should be reported to you in box 14 of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). 1040ez 2011 instructions Business Owned and Operated by Spouses. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you and your spouse jointly own and operate a farm as an unincorporated business and share in the profits and losses, you are partners in a partnership whether or not you have a formal partnership agreement. 1040ez 2011 instructions You must file Form 1065, instead of Schedule F, unless you make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture. 1040ez 2011 instructions Making this election will allow you to avoid the complexity of Form 1065 but still give each spouse credit for social security earnings on which retirement benefits are based. 1040ez 2011 instructions Qualified joint venture. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you and your spouse each materially participate as the only members of a jointly owned and operated farm, and you file a joint tax return for the tax year, you can make a joint election to be treated as a qualified joint venture instead of a partnership for the tax year. 1040ez 2011 instructions For an explanation of “material participation,” see the instructions for Schedule C, line G, and the instructions for Schedule F, line E. 1040ez 2011 instructions   To make this election, you must divide all items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit attributable to the business between you and your spouse in accordance with your respective interests in the venture. 1040ez 2011 instructions Each of you must file a separate Schedule F and a separate Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information, see Qualified Joint Venture in the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). 1040ez 2011 instructions Spouse employee. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If your spouse is your employee, not your partner, you must withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes for him or her. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information about employment taxes, see chapter 13. 1040ez 2011 instructions Community property. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are a partner and your distributive share of any income or loss from a trade or business carried on by the partnership is community property, treat your share as your self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Do not treat any of your share as self-employment earnings of your spouse. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Self-Employment Earnings Farmer. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are self-employed as a farmer, use Schedule F (Form 1040) to figure your self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Partnership income or loss. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are a member of a partnership that carries on a trade or business, the partnership should report your self-employment earnings in box 14, code A, of your Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). 1040ez 2011 instructions Box 14 of Schedule K-1 may also provide amounts for gross farming or fishing income (code B) and gross nonfarm income (code C). 1040ez 2011 instructions Use these amounts if you use the farm or nonfarm optional method to figure net earnings from self-employment (see Methods for Figuring Net Earnings , later). 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are a general partner, you may need to reduce these reported earnings by amounts you claim as a section 179 deduction, unreimbursed partnership expenses, or depletion on oil and gas properties. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If the amount reported is a loss, include only the deductible amount when you figure your total self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   For more information, see the Partner's Instructions for Schedule K-1 (Form 1065). 1040ez 2011 instructions   For general information on partnerships, see Publication 541. 1040ez 2011 instructions More than one business. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you have self-employment earnings from more than one trade, business, or profession, you generally must combine the net profit or loss from each to determine your total self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions A loss from one business reduces your profit from another business. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, do not combine earnings from farm and nonfarm businesses if you are using one of the optional methods (discussed later) to figure net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Community property. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If any of the income from a farm or business, other than a partnership, is community property under state law, it is included in the self-employment earnings of the spouse carrying on the trade or business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Lost income payments. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Lost income payments received from insurance or other sources for reducing or stopping farming activities are included in self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions These include USDA payments to compensate for lost income resulting from reductions in tobacco quotas and allotments. 1040ez 2011 instructions Even if you are not farming when you receive the payment, it is included in self-employment earnings if it relates to your farm business (even though it is temporarily inactive). 1040ez 2011 instructions A connection exists if it is clear the payment would not have been made but for your conduct of your farm business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Gain or loss. 1040ez 2011 instructions   A gain or loss from the disposition of property that is neither stock in trade nor held primarily for sale to customers is not included in self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions It does not matter whether the disposition is a sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion. 1040ez 2011 instructions For example, gains or losses from the disposition of the following types of property are not included in self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Investment property. 1040ez 2011 instructions Depreciable property or other fixed assets used in your trade or business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Livestock held for draft, breeding, sport, or dairy purposes, and not held primarily for sale, regardless of how long the livestock was held, or whether it was raised or purchased. 1040ez 2011 instructions Unharvested standing crops sold with land held more than 1 year. 1040ez 2011 instructions Timber, coal, or iron ore held for more than 1 year if an economic interest was retained, such as a right to receive coal royalties. 1040ez 2011 instructions   A gain or loss from the cutting of timber is not included in self-employment earnings if the cutting is treated as a sale or exchange. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information on electing to treat the cutting of timber as a sale or exchange, see Timber in chapter 8. 1040ez 2011 instructions Wages and salaries. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Wages and salaries received for services performed as an employee and covered by social security or railroad retirement are not included in self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Wages paid in kind to you for agricultural labor, such as commodity wages, are not included in self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Retired partner. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Retirement income received by a partner from his or her partnership under a written plan is not included in self-employment earnings if all the following apply. 1040ez 2011 instructions The retired partner performs no services for the partnership during the year. 1040ez 2011 instructions The retired partner is owed only the retirement payments. 1040ez 2011 instructions The retired partner's share (if any) of the partnership capital was fully paid to the retired partner. 1040ez 2011 instructions The payments to the retired partner are lifelong periodic payments. 1040ez 2011 instructions Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), if you own or operate highly erodible or other specified cropland, you may enter into a longterm contract with the USDA, agreeing to convert to a less intensive use of that cropland. 1040ez 2011 instructions You must include the annual rental payments and any onetime incentive payment you receive under the program on Schedule F, lines 4a and 4b. 1040ez 2011 instructions Cost share payments you receive may qualify for the costsharing exclusion. 1040ez 2011 instructions See Cost-Sharing Exclusion (Improvements), above. 1040ez 2011 instructions CRP payments are reported to you on Form 1099G. 1040ez 2011 instructions Individuals who are receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits may exclude CRP payments when calculating self-employment tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions See the instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). 1040ez 2011 instructions Self-employed health insurance deduction. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You cannot deduct the self-employed health insurance deduction you report on Form 1040, line 29, from self-employment earnings on Schedule SE (Form 1040). 1040ez 2011 instructions Landlord Participation in Farming As a general rule, income and deductions from rentals and from personal property leased with real estate are not included in determining self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, income and deductions from farm rentals, including government commodity program payments received by a landowner who rents land, are included if the rental arrangement provides that the landowner will, and does, materially participate in the production or management of production of the farm products on the land. 1040ez 2011 instructions Crop shares. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Rent paid in the form of crop shares is included in self-employment earnings for the year you sell, exchange, give away, or use the crop shares if you meet one of the four material participation tests (discussed next) at the time the crop shares are produced. 1040ez 2011 instructions Feeding such crop shares to livestock is considered using them. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your gross income for figuring your self-employment earnings includes the fair market value of the crop shares when they are used as feed. 1040ez 2011 instructions Material participation for landlords. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You materially participate if you have an arrangement with your tenant for your participation and you meet one or more of the following tests. 1040ez 2011 instructions You do at least three of the following. 1040ez 2011 instructions Pay, using cash or credit, at least half the direct costs of producing the crop or livestock. 1040ez 2011 instructions Furnish at least half the tools, equipment, and livestock used in the production activities. 1040ez 2011 instructions Advise or consult with your tenant. 1040ez 2011 instructions Inspect the production activities periodically. 1040ez 2011 instructions You regularly and frequently make, or take an important part in making, management decisions substantially contributing to or affecting the success of the enterprise. 1040ez 2011 instructions You work 100 hours or more spread over a period of 5 weeks or more in activities connected with agricultural production. 1040ez 2011 instructions You do things that, considered in their totality, show you are materially and significantly involved in the production of the farm commodities. 1040ez 2011 instructions These tests may be used as general guides for determining whether you are a material participant. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example. 1040ez 2011 instructions Drew Houston agrees to produce a crop on J. 1040ez 2011 instructions Clarke's cotton farm, with each receiving half the proceeds. 1040ez 2011 instructions Clarke advises Houston when to plant, spray, and pick the cotton. 1040ez 2011 instructions During the growing season, Clarke inspects the crop every few days to determine whether Houston is properly taking care of the crop. 1040ez 2011 instructions Houston furnishes all labor needed to grow and harvest the crop. 1040ez 2011 instructions The management decisions made by Clarke in connection with the care of the cotton crop and his regular inspection of the crop establish that he participates to a material degree in the cotton production operations. 1040ez 2011 instructions The income Clarke receives from his cotton farm is included in his self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Methods for Figuring Net Earnings There are three ways to figure your net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions The regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions The farm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions The nonfarm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions You must use the regular method unless you are eligible to use one or both of the optional methods. 1040ez 2011 instructions See Figure 12-1 , shown later. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figure 12-1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Can I Use the Optional Methods? Please click here for the text description of the image. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figure 12–1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Can I Use the Optional Methods? Why use an optional method?   You may want to use the optional methods (discussed later) when you have a loss or a small net profit and any one of the following applies. 1040ez 2011 instructions You want to receive credit for social security benefit coverage. 1040ez 2011 instructions You incurred child or dependent care expenses for which you could claim a credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An optional method may increase your earned income, which could increase your credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) You are entitled to the earned income credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An optional method may increase your earned income, which could increase your credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) You are entitled to the additional child tax credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An optional method may increase your earned income, which could increase your credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) Effects of using an optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Using an optional method could increase your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Paying more SE tax may result in you getting higher social security disability or retirement benefits. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you use either or both optional methods, you must figure and pay the SE tax due under these methods even if you would have had a smaller SE tax or no SE tax using the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions   The optional methods may be used only to figure your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions To figure your income tax, include your actual self-employment earnings in gross income, regardless of which method you use to determine SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Regular Method Multiply your total self-employment earnings by 92. 1040ez 2011 instructions 35% (. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9235) to get your net earnings under the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions See Short Schedule SE, line 4, or Long Schedule SE, line 4a. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net earnings figured using the regular method are also called “actual net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions ” Farm Optional Method Use the farm optional method only for self-employment earnings from a farming business. 1040ez 2011 instructions You can use this method if you meet either of the following tests. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your gross farm income is $6,960 or less. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your net farm profits are less than $5,024. 1040ez 2011 instructions Gross farm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Your gross farm income is the total of the amounts from: Schedule F (Form 1040), line 9, and Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code B (from farm partnerships). 1040ez 2011 instructions Net farm profits. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Net farm profits generally are the total of the amounts from: Schedule F (Form 1040), line 34, and Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), box 14, code A (from farm partnerships). 1040ez 2011 instructions However, you may need to adjust the amount reported on Schedule K-1 if you are a general partner or if it is a loss. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information, see Partnership income or loss , earlier. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring farm net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you meet either of the two tests explained above, use Table 12-1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Farm Net Earnings , to figure your net earnings from self-employment under the farm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Table 12-1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Farm Net Earnings IF your gross farm income  is. 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions THEN your net earnings are equal to. 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions $6,960 or less Two-thirds of your gross farm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions More than $6,960 $4,640 Optional method can reduce or eliminate SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If your gross farm income is $6,960 or less and your farm net earnings figured under the farm optional method are less than your actual net earnings, you can use the farm optional method to reduce or eliminate your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your actual net earnings are your net earnings figured using the regular method, explained earlier. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your gross farm income is $540 and your net farm profit is $460. 1040ez 2011 instructions Consequently, your net earnings figured under the farm optional method are $360 (2/3 of $540) and your actual net earnings are $425 (92. 1040ez 2011 instructions 35% of $460). 1040ez 2011 instructions You owe no SE tax if you use the optional method because your net earnings under the farm optional method are less than $400. 1040ez 2011 instructions Nonfarm Optional Method This is an optional method available for determining net earnings from nonfarm self-employment, much like the farm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you are also engaged in a nonfarm business, you may be able to use this method to figure your nonfarm net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions You can use this method even if you do not use the farm optional method for determining your farm net earnings and even if you have a net loss from your nonfarm business. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information about the nonfarm optional method, see Publication 334. 1040ez 2011 instructions You cannot combine farm and nonfarm self-employment earnings to figure your net earnings under either of the optional methods. 1040ez 2011 instructions Using Both Optional Methods If you use both optional methods, you must add the net earnings figured under each method to arrive at your total net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions You can report less than your total actual farm and nonfarm net earnings but not less than actual nonfarm net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you use both optional methods, you can report no more than $4,640 as your combined net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions Reporting Self-Employment Tax Use Schedule SE (Form 1040) to figure and report your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Then, enter the SE tax on line 56 of Form 1040 and attach Schedule SE to Form 1040. 1040ez 2011 instructions Most taxpayers can use Section A–Short Schedule SE to figure their SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, certain taxpayers must use Section B–Long Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions Use the chart on page 1 of Schedule SE to find out which one to use. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you have to pay SE tax, you must file Form 1040 (with Schedule SE attached) even if you do not otherwise have to file a federal income tax return. 1040ez 2011 instructions Deduction for employer-equivalent portion of self-employment tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You can deduct the employer-equivalent portion of your SE tax in figuring your adjusted gross income. 1040ez 2011 instructions This deduction only affects your income tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions It does not affect either your net earnings from self-employment or your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   To deduct the tax, enter on Form 1040, line 27, the amount shown on Section A, Line 6, or Section B, line 13, Deduction for employer-equivalent portion of self-employment tax, of the Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions Joint return. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Even if you file a joint return, you cannot file a joint Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions This is true whether one spouse or both spouses have self-employment earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your spouse is not considered self-employed just because you are. 1040ez 2011 instructions If both of you have self-employment earnings, each of you must complete a separate Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, if one spouse uses the Short Schedule SE and the other spouse has to use the Long Schedule SE, both can use the same form. 1040ez 2011 instructions Attach both schedules to the joint return. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you and your spouse operate a business 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1040ez 2011 instructions 10. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Self-Employment (SE) Tax Table of Contents Who Must Pay SE Tax?Special Rules and Exceptions Figuring Earnings Subject to SE Tax Farm Optional Method Using Both Optional Methods Reporting Self-Employment Tax The SE tax rules apply no matter how old you are and even if you are already receiving social security and Medicare benefits. 1040ez 2011 instructions Who Must Pay SE Tax? Generally, you must pay SE tax and file Schedule SE (Form 1040) if your net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more. 1040ez 2011 instructions Use Schedule SE to figure net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions Sole proprietor or independent contractor. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are self-employed as a sole proprietor or independent contractor, you generally use Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040) to figure your earnings subject to SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions SE tax rate. 1040ez 2011 instructions    For 2013, the SE tax rate on net earnings is 15. 1040ez 2011 instructions 3% (12. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4% social security tax plus 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9% Medicare tax). 1040ez 2011 instructions Maximum earnings subject to self-employment tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions    Only the first $113,700 of your combined wages, tips, and net earnings in 2013 is subject to any combination of the 12. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4% social security part of SE tax, social security tax, or railroad retirement (tier 1) tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   All of your combined wages, tips, and net earnings in 2013 are subject to any combination of the 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9% Medicare part of SE tax, social security tax, or railroad retirement (tier 1) tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If your wages and tips are subject to either social security or railroad retirement (tier 1) tax, or both, and total at least $113,700, do not pay the 12. 1040ez 2011 instructions 4% social security part of the SE tax on any of your net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, you must pay the 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9% Medicare part of the SE tax on all your net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Special Rules and Exceptions Aliens. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Generally, resident aliens must pay self-employment tax under the same rules that apply to U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions citizens. 1040ez 2011 instructions Nonresident aliens are not subject to SE tax unless an international social security agreement in effect determines that they are covered under the U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions social security system. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, residents of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa are subject to self-employment tax, as they are considered U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions residents for self-employment tax purposes. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information on aliens, see Publication 519, U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions Tax Guide for Aliens. 1040ez 2011 instructions Child employed by parent. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You are not subject to SE tax if you are under age 18 and you are working for your father or mother. 1040ez 2011 instructions Church employee. 1040ez 2011 instructions    If you work for a church or a qualified church-controlled organization (other than as a minister or member of a religious order) that elected an exemption from social security and Medicare taxes, you are subject to SE tax if you receive $108. 1040ez 2011 instructions 28 or more in wages from the church or organization. 1040ez 2011 instructions For more information, see Publication 517, Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers. 1040ez 2011 instructions Fishing crew member. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you are a member of the crew on a boat that catches fish or other water life, your earnings are subject to SE tax if all the following conditions apply. 1040ez 2011 instructions You do not get any pay for the work except your share of the catch or a share of the proceeds from the sale of the catch, unless the pay meets all the following conditions. 1040ez 2011 instructions The pay is not more than $100 per trip. 1040ez 2011 instructions The pay is received only if there is a minimum catch. 1040ez 2011 instructions The pay is solely for additional duties (such as mate, engineer, or cook) for which additional cash pay is traditional in the fishing industry. 1040ez 2011 instructions You get a share of the catch or a share of the proceeds from the sale of the catch. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your share depends on the amount of the catch. 1040ez 2011 instructions The boat's operating crew normally numbers fewer than 10 individuals. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An operating crew is considered as normally made up of fewer than 10 if the average size of the crew on trips made during the last four calendar quarters is fewer than 10. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) Notary public. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Fees you receive for services you perform as a notary public are reported on Schedule C or C-EZ but are not subject to self-employment tax (see the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040)). 1040ez 2011 instructions State or local government employee. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You are subject to SE tax if you are an employee of a state or local government, are paid solely on a fee basis, and your services are not covered under a federal-state social security agreement. 1040ez 2011 instructions Foreign government or international organization employee. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You are subject to SE tax if both the following conditions are true. 1040ez 2011 instructions You are a U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions citizen employed in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands by: A foreign government, A wholly-owned agency of a foreign government, or An international organization. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your employer is not required to withhold social security and Medicare taxes from your wages. 1040ez 2011 instructions U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions citizen or resident alien residing abroad. 1040ez 2011 instructions    If you are a self-employed U. 1040ez 2011 instructions S. 1040ez 2011 instructions citizen or resident alien living outside the United States, in most cases you must pay SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Do not reduce your foreign earnings from self-employment by your foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez 2011 instructions Exception. 1040ez 2011 instructions    The United States has social security agreements with many countries to eliminate double taxation under two social security systems. 1040ez 2011 instructions Under these agreements, you generally must only pay social security and Medicare taxes to the country in which you live. 1040ez 2011 instructions The country to which you must pay the tax will issue a certificate which serves as proof of exemption from social security tax in the other country. 1040ez 2011 instructions   For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule SE (Form 1040). 1040ez 2011 instructions More Than One Business If you have earnings subject to SE tax from more than one trade, business, or profession, you must combine the net profit (or loss) from each to determine your total earnings subject to SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions A loss from one business reduces your profit from another business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Community Property Income If any of the income from a trade or business, other than a partnership, is community property income under state law, it is included in the earnings subject to SE tax of the spouse carrying on the trade or business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Gain or Loss Do not include in earnings subject to SE tax a gain or loss from the disposition of property that is neither stock in trade nor held primarily for sale to customers. 1040ez 2011 instructions It does not matter whether the disposition is a sale, exchange, or an involuntary conversion. 1040ez 2011 instructions Lost Income Payments If you are self-employed and reduce or stop your business activities, any payment you receive from insurance or other sources for the lost business income is included in earnings subject to SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you are not working when you receive the payment, it still relates to your business and is included in earnings subject to SE tax, even though your business is temporarily inactive. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Earnings Subject to SE Tax Methods for Figuring Net Earnings There are three ways to figure your net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions The regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions The nonfarm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions The farm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions You must use the regular method unless you are eligible to use one or both of the optional methods. 1040ez 2011 instructions Why use an optional method?    You may want to use the optional methods (discussed later) when you have a loss or a small net profit and any one of the following applies. 1040ez 2011 instructions You want to receive credit for social security benefit coverage. 1040ez 2011 instructions You incurred child or dependent care expenses for which you could claim a credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An optional method may increase your earned income, which could increase your credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) You are entitled to the earned income credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An optional method may increase your earned income, which could increase your credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) You are entitled to the additional child tax credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions (An optional method may increase your earned income, which could increase your credit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) Effects of using an optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Using an optional method could increase your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Paying more SE tax could result in your getting higher benefits when you retire. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you use either or both optional methods, you must figure and pay the SE tax due under these methods even if you would have had a smaller tax or no tax using the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions   The optional methods may be used only to figure your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions To figure your income tax, include your actual earnings in gross income, regardless of which method you use to determine SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Regular Method Multiply your total earnings subject to SE tax by 92. 1040ez 2011 instructions 35% (. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9235) to get your net earnings under the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions See Short Schedule SE, line 4, or Long Schedule SE, line 4a. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net earnings figured using the regular method are also called actual net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Nonfarm Optional Method Use the nonfarm optional method only for earnings that do not come from farming. 1040ez 2011 instructions You may use this method if you meet all the following tests. 1040ez 2011 instructions You are self-employed on a regular basis. 1040ez 2011 instructions This means that your actual net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more in at least 2 of the 3 tax years before the one for which you use this method. 1040ez 2011 instructions The net earnings can be from either farm or nonfarm earnings or both. 1040ez 2011 instructions You have used this method less than 5 years. 1040ez 2011 instructions (There is a 5-year lifetime limit. 1040ez 2011 instructions ) The years do not have to be one after another. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your net nonfarm profits were: Less than $5,024, and Less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of your gross nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net nonfarm profits. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Net nonfarm profit generally is the total of the amounts from: Line 31, Schedule C (Form 1040), Line 3, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Box 14, code A, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) (from nonfarm partnerships), and Box 9, code J1, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B). 1040ez 2011 instructions   However, you may need to adjust the amount reported on Schedule K-1 if you are a general partner or if it is a loss. 1040ez 2011 instructions Gross nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Your gross nonfarm income generally is the total of the amounts from: Line 7, Schedule C (Form 1040), Line 1, Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), Box 14, code C, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) (from nonfarm partnerships), and Box 9, code J2, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B). 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Nonfarm Net Earnings If you meet the three tests explained earlier, use the following table to figure your net earnings from self-employment under the nonfarm optional method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Table 10-1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Figuring Nonfarm Net Earnings IF your gross nonfarm income is. 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions THEN your net earnings are equal to. 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions . 1040ez 2011 instructions $6,960 or less Two-thirds of your gross nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions More than $6,960 $4,640 Actual net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Your actual net earnings are 92. 1040ez 2011 instructions 35% of your total earnings subject to SE tax (that is, multiply total earnings subject to SE tax by 92. 1040ez 2011 instructions 35% (. 1040ez 2011 instructions 9235) to get actual net earnings). 1040ez 2011 instructions Actual net earnings are equivalent to net earnings figured using the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Optional net earnings less than actual net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions   You cannot use this method to report an amount less than your actual net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions Gross nonfarm income of $6,960 or less. 1040ez 2011 instructions   The following examples illustrate how to figure net earnings when gross nonfarm income is $6,960 or less. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net nonfarm profit less than $5,024 and less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of gross nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Ann Green runs a craft business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Her actual net earnings from self-employment were $800 in 2011 and $900 in 2012. 1040ez 2011 instructions She meets the test for being self-employed on a regular basis. 1040ez 2011 instructions She has used the nonfarm optional method less than 5 years. 1040ez 2011 instructions Her gross income and net profit in 2013 are as follows: Gross nonfarm income $5,400 Net nonfarm profit $1,200 Ann's actual net earnings for 2013 are $1,108 ($1,200 × . 1040ez 2011 instructions 9235). 1040ez 2011 instructions Because her net profit is less than $5,024 and less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of her gross income, she can use the nonfarm optional method to figure net earnings of $3,600 (2/3 × $5,400). 1040ez 2011 instructions Because these net earnings are higher than her actual net earnings, she can report net earnings of $3,600 for 2013. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net nonfarm profit less than $5,024 but not less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of gross nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Assume that in Example 1 Ann's gross income is $1,000 and her net profit is $800. 1040ez 2011 instructions She must use the regular method to figure her net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions She cannot use the nonfarm optional method because her net profit is not less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of her gross income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 3. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net loss from a nonfarm business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Assume that in Example 1 Ann has a net loss of $700. 1040ez 2011 instructions She can use the nonfarm optional method and report $3,600 (2/3 × $5,400) as her net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 4. 1040ez 2011 instructions Nonfarm net earnings less than $400. 1040ez 2011 instructions Assume that in Example 1 Ann has gross income of $525 and a net profit of $175. 1040ez 2011 instructions In this situation, she would not pay any SE tax under either the regular method or the nonfarm optional method because her net earnings under both methods are less than $400. 1040ez 2011 instructions Gross nonfarm income of more than $6,960. 1040ez 2011 instructions   The following examples illustrate how to figure net earnings when gross nonfarm income is more than $6,960. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net nonfarm profit less than $5,024 and less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of gross nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions John White runs an appliance repair shop. 1040ez 2011 instructions His actual net earnings from self-employment were $10,500 in 2011 and $9,500 in 2012. 1040ez 2011 instructions He meets the test for being self-employed on a regular basis. 1040ez 2011 instructions He has used the nonfarm optional method less than 5 years. 1040ez 2011 instructions His gross income and net profit in 2013 are as follows: Gross nonfarm income $12,000 Net nonfarm profit $1,200 John's actual net earnings for 2013 are $1,108 ($1,200 × . 1040ez 2011 instructions 9235). 1040ez 2011 instructions Because his net profit is less than $5,024 and less than 72. 1040ez 2011 instructions 189% of his gross income, he can use the nonfarm optional method to figure net earnings of $4,640. 1040ez 2011 instructions Because these net earnings are higher than his actual net earnings, he can report net earnings of $4,640 for 2013. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net nonfarm profit not less than $5,024. 1040ez 2011 instructions Assume that in Example 1 John's net profit is $5,400. 1040ez 2011 instructions He must use the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions He cannot use the nonfarm optional method because his net nonfarm profit is not less than $5,024. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example 3. 1040ez 2011 instructions Net loss from a nonfarm business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Assume that in Example 1 John has a net loss of $700. 1040ez 2011 instructions He can use the nonfarm optional method and report $4,640 as his net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions Farm Optional Method Use the farm optional method only for earnings from a farming business. 1040ez 2011 instructions See Publication 225 for information about this method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Using Both Optional Methods If you have both farm and nonfarm earnings, you may be able to use both optional methods to determine your net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions To figure your net earnings using both optional methods, you must: Figure your farm and nonfarm net earnings separately under each method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Do not combine farm earnings with nonfarm earnings to figure your net earnings under either method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Add the net earnings figured under each method to arrive at your total net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions You can report less than your total actual farm and nonfarm net earnings but not less than actual nonfarm net earnings. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you use both optional methods, you can report no more than $4,640 as your combined net earnings from self-employment. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example. 1040ez 2011 instructions You are a self-employed farmer. 1040ez 2011 instructions You also operate a retail grocery store. 1040ez 2011 instructions Your gross income, actual net earnings from self-employment, and optional farm and optional nonfarm net earnings from self-employment are shown in Table 10-2. 1040ez 2011 instructions Table 10-2. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example—Farm and Nonfarm Earnings Income and Earnings Farm Nonfarm Gross income $3,000 $6,000 Actual net earnings $900 $500 Optional net earnings (2/3 of gross income) $2,000 $4,000 Table 10-3 shows four methods or combinations of methods you can use to figure net earnings from self-employment using the farm and nonfarm gross income and actual net earnings shown in Table 10-2. 1040ez 2011 instructions Method 1. 1040ez 2011 instructions Using the regular method for both farm and nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Method 2. 1040ez 2011 instructions Using the optional method for farm income and the regular method for nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Method 3. 1040ez 2011 instructions Using the regular method for farm income and the optional method for nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Method 4. 1040ez 2011 instructions Using the optional method for both farm and nonfarm income. 1040ez 2011 instructions Note. 1040ez 2011 instructions Actual net earnings is the same as net earnings figured using the regular method. 1040ez 2011 instructions Table 10-3. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example—Net Earnings Net Earnings 1 2 3 4 Actual  farm $ 900   $ 900   Optional  farm   $ 2,000   $ 2,000 Actual nonfarm $ 500 $ 500     Optional nonfarm     $4,000 $4,000 Amount you can report: $1,400 $2,500 $4,900 $4,640* *Limited to $4,640 because you used both optional methods. 1040ez 2011 instructions Fiscal Year Filer If you use a tax year other than the calendar year, you must use the tax rate and maximum earnings limit in effect at the beginning of your tax year. 1040ez 2011 instructions Even if the tax rate or maximum earnings limit changes during your tax year, continue to use the same rate and limit throughout your tax year. 1040ez 2011 instructions Reporting Self-Employment Tax Use Schedule SE (Form 1040) to figure and report your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions Then enter the SE tax on line 56 of Form 1040 and attach Schedule SE to Form 1040. 1040ez 2011 instructions Most taxpayers can use Section A—Short Schedule SE to figure their SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, certain taxpayers must use Section B—Long Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions If you have to pay SE tax, you must file Form 1040 (with Schedule SE attached) even if you do not otherwise have to file a federal income tax return. 1040ez 2011 instructions Joint return. 1040ez 2011 instructions   Even if you file a joint return, you cannot file a joint Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions This is true whether one spouse or both spouses have earnings subject to SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions If both of you have earnings subject to SE tax, each of you must complete a separate Schedule SE. 1040ez 2011 instructions However, if one spouse uses the Short Schedule SE and the other spouse has to use the Long Schedule SE, both can use the same form. 1040ez 2011 instructions Attach both schedules to the joint return. 1040ez 2011 instructions More than one business. 1040ez 2011 instructions   If you have more than one trade or business, you must combine the net profit (or loss) from each business to figure your SE tax. 1040ez 2011 instructions A loss from one business will reduce your profit from another business. 1040ez 2011 instructions File one Schedule SE showing the earnings from self-employment, but file a separate Schedule C, C-EZ, or F for each business. 1040ez 2011 instructions Example. 1040ez 2011 instructions You are the sole proprietor of two separate businesses. 1040ez 2011 instructions You operate a restaurant that made a net profit of $25,000. 1040ez 2011 instructions You also have a cabinetmaking business that had a net loss of $500. 1040ez 2011 instructions You must file a Schedule C for the restaurant showing your net profit of $25,000 and another Schedule C for the cabinetmaking business showing your net loss of $500. 1040ez 2011 instructions You file Schedule SE showing total earnings subject to SE tax of $24,500. 1040ez 2011 instructions Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications