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Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants Paperback – March 10, 2011
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Here's what you get: Generally two paragraphs (and sometimes an example) on a wide variety of topics concerned with owning and running a business. Having owned and run businesses for 30 years, I can tell you from experience that the two paragraphs offered per topic in this book are generally not all you need to know if the topic specifically applies to your business activities.
As a specific example, you get two paragraphs in the book about filing for business use of your home for a home office. Although most of the information in those two paragraphs is accurate, it is woefully short of everything you SHOULD know about filing for business use of your home. In those two paragraphs, the author indicatse that filing form 8829 for business use of your home is more likely to trigger an IRS audit. To my knowledge, that claim by the author is not correct. 8829 is a very matter of fact set of calculations that the IRS has no particular quibble with, unless they should come to believe that you are overstating the percentage of your home used for business purposes. If the figures you submit on that form are accurate and consistent, you have no reason to fear filing it. There are a couple of tips you should know about filing that form to your best advantage vis a vis the power of the deduction. This book makes no mention at all of that, and that information is quite important to the subject of 8829.
However, most of the information given in this book is accurate. It will certainly put you in the right frame of mind to specifically tackle a more in depth research effort.
I would recommend this book to two sets of people.
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Not only do I understand my choices better, but I also now understand the different structures for businesses and their tax responsibilities. Great distillation of information! The copies of tax forms in the back are also a great reference. Highly recommended.
First of all, it seems strange to me that a book titled "working for yourself", with the words "laws and taxes for the ONE PERSON business" plastered across the back cover, has so much information about hiring and managing employees (an entire chapter plus multiple blurbs throughout. - employee taxes/salaries/health coverage requirements/etc.) I have absolutely no need for any of this information.
Also, relatively loaded (i.e. compared to other topics, this particular one spans pages rather than sentences) with information about keeping trade secrets and nondisclosure agreements, etc. (totally useless for me and I am having trouble of thinking of many businesses that would need this - maybe YOURS?)
Some of the most pertinent (i.e. USABLE) information for my type of business includes what might be called "record keeping for the thickheaded" and extremely basic facts about the income tax system (such as a list of the dates on which quarterlies are due). (information I am already quite familiar with and which is available for free and in a more complete package right here on the grand 'ole internet - recommend checking the IRS website).Read more ›
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This is a great book for becoming a knowledgeable professional looking for contract work.Published 12 months ago by Erick Hernandez
It help explain how one can work for themselves and the pit falls so doing this. If you are thinking about opening your own business I would this book first so you know what you... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Babeshoff
......until you've read this book. Easy to navigate and understand, and provides plenty of resources for more information on all topics. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lynelle Martinez-Smith
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