Jan 25, 2012
When it comes to taxes, are you deducting everything you
Bryn Mooth is an independent journalist and copywriter at
Writes4Food. We’ve been following Bryn’s journey, and
recently, we talked about taxes.
In the first meeting with her accountant, Bryn had a big
She had a percentage in mind for Uncle Sam, but says,
“It was significantly higher than I expected… I knew that I
needed to account for self-employment tax and social security; what
I didn’t realize is that, as an independent contractor … I need to
pay my income tax quarterly… When I was employed by someone else,
it was sort of off my radar…”
Having to pay a much bigger percentage than she expected was a
“rude awakening” for Bryn. Fortunately, she had built up a
financial cushion before becoming self-employed. This cushion was a
Now, Bryn has a different mindset. Going forward:
She realizes that she can expense a lot more than she thought.
All of a sudden, knife sharpening, food for recipe development, and
props become expenses.
Every time a paycheck comes in, half goes into a tax account
(just to be safe).
Bryn is now very careful about keeping receipts and updating her
spreadsheet on “Finance Friday.” This way, when she files next, her
estimate will be more manageable and realistic.
Listen to this 10-minute interview here.
Have you experienced any tax surprises?
For guidance when it comes to taxes, we adore June Walker, tax
advisor for the self-employed. Read her guest posts on the Creative Freelancer Blog and check
out her books, Self-employed Tax Solutions + Five Easy Steps, and her