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Easy Steps To Paying Payroll Taxes

Dec 14, 2007
If you're just beginning a business for yourself, one thing you will want to keep in mind during this exciting and challenging time are payroll taxes. Even though you have many a number of projects that you want to get working on, clients to contact, and deadlines to meet, not to mention, paperwork to do, you should take the time to check out all that is involved in payroll taxes.

Many times, a self employed worker can find him or herself caught up in their business life without giving their taxes a second thought. This is not the best way to start your new business. Most importantly, if you're running a business with employees, you will need to educate yourself about payroll taxes, what they are, and how they will apply to your business interactions.

While you might feel like your business is something that's certainly getting off to a good start, you need to be able to show this to the IRS as being the case. You need to prove to this agency that you aren't just messing around with a hobby that you like, even if it was a hobby that grew into something more, and that you do understand what you are doing when it comes to payroll taxes.

Payroll taxes have two names - pay as you earn and pay as you go. For the majority of us, we already know about pay as you earn payroll taxes. If you've ever held down a traditional job, you will realize on your checks that certain taxes are taken from the gross amount. The taxes that an employer has to take out include federal income tax, medicare tax, social security and possibly state and/or city taxes.

There are some employers that do not have to take out payroll taxes such as Medicare or the Social Security taxes, these are employers like those that are state funded or affiliated. This is because you will see another deduction from your paycheck that goes toward a state funded pension plan.

At this time, employers have to take out 6.2% of the employee's earnings in payroll taxes such as Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare. But in addition to these taxes, employers also have to pay unemployment taxes for their employees, in the occasion that the employee is fired and has to collect unemployment checks.

These types of taxes are taken at the state and at the federal level so that there is sufficient for future use. While the federal level is around 6.2% for the withholding for this type of tax, since employers can receive a create toward the state unemployment taxes that they pay, many times it comes out to being less than 1% of the overall income grossed.

Whatever your function in the tax world, weather you are a working individual paying tax on what you earn or an employer in the beginning stages of building your business, it is a good idea to become informed on the various requirements and responsibilities of paying back the government through payroll taxes.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is a tax and financial planner who enjoys sharing tips on payroll taxes and offers extensive free tax guides, and a free "special report" on taxes. Plus you can download the author's new tax guide handbook on his website www.taxesandtax.com
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