As a freelancer or a self-employed individual, your take-home pay may be significantly more than if you were working for a corporation. Not only are taxes not taken out, but also you don’t have a company directly deducting health care, 401k or other financial costs from your paycheck.
This can lead to a temptation to spend it all, but self-employed professionals shouldn’t be fooled into thinking they actually have the full amount of their check. Taxes are required regardless of how you are employed.
“Business owners, whether they are self-employed freelancers or corporation owners, are responsible for complying with tax law with respect to their business,” said Shoshana Deutschkron, VP of communications at freelance job platform Upwork. “Financial literacy is a critical skill, [and] that literacy includes an understanding of taxation.”
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