Kelly A. Mansdorf & Co.: CPA Advice on Business Taxes
Taxes are complicated and often affect each other in very hidden ways. While different businesses types will include different taxes, there are...
Different business types will include different taxes but there are four universal types of business taxes: Income tax, self-employment tax, employment taxes and excise taxes.
Income taxes are filed by all businesses except for partnerships. The income tax is a "pay-as-you-
Estimated tax is used to pay self-employment tax and income tax that have not already been paid. Sole proprietors, partners (including traditional partnerships and LLC's) and S corporations usually have to make estimated tax payment if they're expected to owe $1,000 in taxes or more. Corporations commonly have to make an estimated tax payment if they're expected to owe a tax of $500 or more.
Self-employment tax is a social security and Medicare tax predominantly for individuals who work for themselves. If your net earnings are more than $400 and/or you have church employee income of 108.28 or more you must pay self-employment tax.
Employment taxes are for when you have employees. These include: Federal income tax withholding, social security and Medicare taxes and Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax. The federal income tax will be withdrawn from your employee's paychecks and the amount withheld depends on the amount the individual employee makes. Social security and Medicare taxes pay for benefits that employees and their families received under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. These taxes are as well withdrawn from your employee's paychecks and you pay a matching amount yourself. Federal unemployment tax is what helps pay employees unemployment compensation when they lose their job. The business pays for this out of their own funds, the employees do not pay this tax.
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