March 4, 2019

An enterprising editorial freelancer, having come to potential clients’ attention, stands to profit from helping to enhance their efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Being enterprising may not come naturally to those in this field. But it is important, in the interests of obtaining steady income, to develop a good sense of how one’s business is t...

April 8, 2018

One of the odder freelancing-related myths that I have seen floated is

that 1099 forms, and even 1099-MISC forms in particular, are meant

to document payment for services only. (They are rumored to be meant

to document payment yet more narrowly: for services when it will make

the payee subject to self-employment taxes but not otherwise, this despite

the explic...

August 16, 2017

Colleagues of mine from all over the world regularly comment on

their tax-related interactions (particularly the early ones) with

U.S.-based clients. It seems that such interactions tend not to go

very smoothly. Here are some observations on what seems most

worth knowing in advance on the subject.

If tax form W-8BEN is not submitted by you to a U.S. client, th...

August 9, 2017

Suppose that the IRS receives a form stating that someone, a client of yours, paid some stated amount to you last year. Does the IRS learn from this that the payment was made to you for services in particular, and was demonstrably in the amount cited on the form? Probably and not necessarily, respectively.

It is true that the instructions for form 1099-MIS...

August 6, 2017

True or false: that if you receive non-wage income this year, then also this year you will be called on to make estimated tax payments pegged to this year’s income, and will even be liable for penalties if your estimated tax payments fall short of this level? False, of course. Yet I regularly see people new to freelancing getting “informed” that it is tru...

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