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Past tax returns Publication 334 - Introductory Material Table of Contents IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Past tax returns Tax questions. Past tax returns Future Developments What's New for 2013 What's New for 2014 Reminders Photographs of Missing Children Introduction The purpose of this publication is to provide general information about the federal tax laws that apply to small business owners who are sole proprietors and to statutory employees. Past tax returns This publication has information on business income, expenses, and tax credits that may help you file your income tax return. Past tax returns Are you self-employed?   You are self-employed if you carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor. Past tax returns Sole proprietor. Past tax returns   A sole proprietor is someone who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself. Past tax returns However, if you are the sole member of a domestic limited liability company (LLC), you are not a sole proprietor if you elect to treat the LLC as a corporation. Past tax returns Trade or business. Past tax returns    A trade or business is generally an activity carried on to make a profit. Past tax returns The facts and circumstances of each case determine whether or not an activity is a trade or business. Past tax returns You do not need to actually make a profit to be in a trade or business as long as you have a profit motive. Past tax returns You do need to make ongoing efforts to further the interests of your business. Past tax returns   You do not have to carry on regular full-time business activities to be self-employed. Past tax returns Having a part-time business in addition to your regular job or business may be self-employment. Past tax returns Independent contractor. Past tax returns    People such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, accountants, contractors, subcontractors, public stenographers, or auctioneers who are in an independent trade, business, or profession in which they offer their services to the general public are generally independent contractors. Past tax returns However, whether they are independent contractors or employees depends on the facts in each case. Past tax returns The general rule is that an individual is an independent contractor if the payer has the right to control or to direct only the result of the work and not how it will be done. Past tax returns The earnings of a person who is working as an independent contractor are subject to self-employment tax. Past tax returns For more information on determining whether you are an employee or independent contractor, see Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. Past tax returns Statutory employee. Past tax returns   A statutory employee has a checkmark in box 13 of his or her Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Past tax returns Statutory employees use Schedule C or C-EZ to report their wages and expenses. Past tax returns Limited liability company (LLC). Past tax returns   A limited liability company (LLC) is an entity formed under state law by filing articles of organization. Past tax returns Generally, a single-member LLC is disregarded as an entity separate from its owner and reports its income and deductions on its owner's federal income tax return. Past tax returns An owner who is an individual may use Schedule C or C-EZ. Past tax returns Business owned and operated by spouses. Past tax returns   If you and your spouse jointly own and operate 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. Past tax returns Do not use Schedule C or C-EZ. Past tax returns Instead, file Form 1065, U. Past tax returns S. Past tax returns Return of Partnership Income. Past tax returns For more information, see Publication 541, Partnerships. Past tax returns    Exception—Community income. Past tax returns If you and your spouse wholly own an unincorporated business as community property under the community property laws of a state, foreign country, or U. Past tax returns S. Past tax returns possession, you can treat the business either as a sole proprietorship or a partnership. Past tax returns The only states with community property laws are Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Past tax returns A change in your reporting position will be treated as a conversion of the entity. Past tax returns    Exception—Qualified joint venture. Past tax returns If you and your spouse each materially participate as the only members of a jointly owned and operated business, and you file a joint 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. Past tax returns 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. Past tax returns For an explanation of "material participation," see the Instructions for Schedule C, line G. Past tax returns   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. Past tax returns Each of you must file a separate Schedule C or C-EZ and a separate Schedule SE. Past tax returns For more information, see Qualified Joint Ventures in the Instructions for Schedule SE. Past tax returns This publication does not cover the topics listed in the following table. Past tax returns    IF you need information about: THEN you should see: Corporations Publication 542 Farming Publication 225 Fishermen (Capital Construction Fund)  Publication 595 Partnerships Publication 541 Passive activities Publication 925 Recordkeeping Publication 583 Rental Publication 527 S corporations Instructions for Form 1120S What you need to know. Past tax returns   Table A provides a list of questions you need to answer to help you meet your federal tax obligations. Past tax returns After each question is the location in this publication where you will find the related discussion. Past tax returns Table A. Past tax returns What You Need To Know About Federal Taxes (Note. Past tax returns The following is a list of questions you may need to answer so you can fill out your federal income tax return. Past tax returns Chapters are given to help you find the related discussion in this publication. Past tax returns ) What must I know   Where to find the answer   What kinds of federal taxes do I have to pay? How do I pay them?   See chapter 1. Past tax returns What forms must I file?   See chapter 1. Past tax returns What must I do if I have employees?   See Employment Taxes in chapter 1. Past tax returns Do I have to start my tax year in January, or can I start it in any other month?   See Accounting Periods in chapter 2. Past tax returns What method can I use to account for my income and expenses?   See Accounting Methods in chapter 2. Past tax returns What kinds of business income do I have to report on my tax return?   See chapter 5. Past tax returns What kinds of business expenses can I deduct on my tax return?   See Business Expenses in chapter 8. Past tax returns What kinds of expenses are not deductible as business expenses?   See Expenses You Cannot Deduct in chapter 8. Past tax returns What happens if I have a business loss? Can I deduct it?   See chapter 9. Past tax returns What must I do if I disposed of business property during the year?   See chapter 3. Past tax returns What are my rights as a taxpayer?   See chapter 11. Past tax returns Where do I go if I need help with federal tax matters?   See chapter 12. Past tax returns IRS mission. Past tax returns   Provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. Past tax returns Comments and suggestions. Past tax returns   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 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Past tax returns  For tax years beginning in 2013, the social security part of the self-employment tax increases to 12. Past tax returns 4%. Past tax returns The Medicare part of the tax remains at 2. Past tax returns 9%. Past tax returns As a result, the self-employment tax is 15. Past tax returns 3%. Past tax returns Maximum net earnings. Past tax returns  The maximum net self-employment earnings subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax increases to $113,700 for 2013. Past tax returns There is no maximum limit on earnings subject to the Medicare part. Past tax returns Standard mileage rate. Past tax returns  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck for each mile of business use is 56. Past tax returns 5 cents per mile. Past tax returns For more information, see Car and Truck Expenses in chapter 8. Past tax returns Simplified method for business use of home deduction. Past tax returns . 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