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Financing Your Education
The U.S. Department of Education provides information on preparing for and funding education beyond high school with details on the federal aid programs. Another source of information on financial assistance is www.finaid.org. Both sites offer calculators to help you determine how much school will cost, how much you need to save, and how much aid you will need.
Paying for College 101
Many state governments have created 529 plans that make it easier for families to save for their child’s education. These plans, which can be sponsored by states or institutions of higher learning, encourage saving for future college costs, and the earnings grow tax-free. There are two main types: “pre-paid tuition plans” and “college savings plans.” Pre-paid plans allow you to pay for your child’s college tuition based on today’s costs, and then pay out at the future (higher) cost once your child is in college. College savings plans allow you to invest money in several investment funds, ranging in risk level, to pay for your child’s college education. For more information about the different types of 529 plans and the plans available in each state, visit collegesavings.org.
Other helpful college planning tips:
- Pay close attention to state and federal financial aid deadlines. You'll want to file well before the deadline though, so you can receive aid before funds run out.
- Check the Department of Education's student budget calculator. You can plug in tuition costs, room and board and other expenses along with how much money you have in student loans or grants to get an idea of where you stand financially.
- Make sure your college bound child gets involved in the process. Point them to College.gov where they can learn to manage their money in college and avoid common scams that target students.
Student Financial Aid
Student Financial Aid is available from a wide variety of sources including the federal government, individual states, directly from colleges and universities, as well as from numerous other public and private agencies and organizations. Whatever the source, all forms of college aid fall into four basic categories:
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Work Study. The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded source of financial assistance used to offset financial education costs. Students earn money by working and attending school. The money does not have to be repaid.
Loans. Funds that are borrowed and must be repaid with interest are loans. As a general rule, educational loans have far more favorable terms and interest rates than traditional consumer loans.
Scholarships. Offered by schools, local/community organizations, private institutions and trusts, scholarships do not have to be repaid and are generally awarded based on some specific criteria.
Federal Student Aid Information Center
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Federal Loan Program Repayment Information
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.Offers forgiveness for outstanding federal loans for individuals working full time in public service jobs.
Income-Based Repayment Plan. Helps to make repaying education loans more affordable for low-income borrowers.
Both programs offer generous benefits, but the rules may seem complex, so it is important to get all of the details. For more information on these repayment options:
Comparing Student Loans
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a Know Before You Owe Student Loan website, developed in partnership with the Department of Education. It provides financial aid shopping sheets that help schools communicate the financial aid options available to students.
The 2012 Federal Tax Forms 1040
2012 federal tax forms 1040 It is critical that business owners correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. You do not generally have to withhold or pay any taxes on payments to independent contractors.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Select the Scenario that Applies to You:
2012 federal tax forms 1040 I am an independent contractor or in business for myself
2012 federal tax forms 1040 If you are a business owner or contractor who provides services to other businesses, then you are generally considered self-employed. For more information on your tax obligations if you are self-employed (an independent contractor), see our Self-Employed Tax Center.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 I hire or contract with individuals to provide services to my business
2012 federal tax forms 1040 If you are a business owner hiring or contracting with other individuals to provide services, you must determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Follow the rest of this page to find out more about this topic and what your responsibilities are.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Determining Whether the Individuals Providing Services are Employees or Independent Contractors
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Before you can determine how to treat payments you make for services, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing the services. The person performing the services may be -
2012 federal tax forms 1040 An independent contractor
2012 federal tax forms 1040 An employee (common-law employee)
2012 federal tax forms 1040 A statutory employee
2012 federal tax forms 1040 A statutory nonemployee
2012 federal tax forms 1040 In determining whether the person providing service is an employee or an independent contractor, all information that provides evidence of the degree of control and independence must be considered.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Common Law Rules
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Facts that provide evidence of the degree of control and independence fall into three categories:
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Behavioral: Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and how the worker does his or her job?
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Financial: Are the business aspects of the worker’s job controlled by the payer? (these include things like how worker is paid, whether expenses are reimbursed, who provides tools/supplies, etc.)
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Type of Relationship: Are there written contracts or employee type benefits (i.e. pension plan, insurance, vacation pay, etc.)? Will the relationship continue and is the work performed a key aspect of the business?
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Businesses must weigh all these factors when determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor. Some factors may indicate that the worker is an employee, while other factors indicate that the worker is an independent contractor. There is no “magic” or set number of factors that “makes” the worker an employee or an independent contractor, and no one factor stands alone in making this determination. Also, factors which are relevant in one situation may not be relevant in another.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 The keys are to look at the entire relationship, consider the degree or extent of the right to direct and control, and finally, to document each of the factors used in coming up with the determination.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Form SS-8
2012 federal tax forms 1040 If, after reviewing the three categories of evidence, it is still unclear whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding (PDF) can be filed with the IRS. The form may be filed by either the business or the worker. The IRS will review the facts and circumstances and officially determine the worker’s status.
2012 federal tax forms 1040 Be aware that it can take at least six months to get a determination, but a business that continually hires the same types of workers to perform particular services may want to consider filing the Form SS-8 (PDF).