Monday, March 14, 2011


When you run a small company, you're essentially self-employed because success, failure or the blending of the two falls to -- YOU. In the US, the government is there to saddle you with taxes that 'other people' don't pay. After you're done paying your federal income tax, state income tax, your property tax, sales tax and various excise taxes, the Federal Government allows you to participate in the great self-employed adventure by slapping an additional 15.3% on your shoulders just to show you that they love you. (thanks)

Fortunately, because they want the 'little man' to prosper, they only tax the 15.3% on the first US$106,800 you earn each year. After you've paid the extra $16,300.00, for the honor of being self-employed, you don't have to pay anymore - until next year. That's on top of your regular tax rate. 

But if you're not successful being self-employed, there is no unemployment safety net that "regular employed people" enjoy.

Self-employment means that you fail a lot. I run somewhere close to a 90% failure rate on landing any particular project I wish to undertake, so I'm in the market for that illusive 10% success - which will be taxed thoroughly with a 15.3% kicker on top.

Gallup ran a poll and found that 57% of Americans would rather be self-employed. Most of those people who responded were not self-employed. They simply thought it would be cool to work your own hours, in a place of your choosing with people you like. And while that's true, it's not all that it's cracked up to be.


WoFat said...

I don't fit in the 57%, never having been self employed.

LL said...

WoFat, you are technically a self-employed author, so you do fit... in a WoFat sort of way.

darlin said...

Woah, that's a lot of taxes. So where's the incentive to open up a small business? I sure wouldn't want to, not at that rate. Kick 'em with their up, kick 'em when they're down.

LL said...

Darlin - There's not much incentive to open a small business from a tax perspective. And that's the problem, because most businesses are small businesses. However with that sort of tax weight on the business, it has a very difficult time surviving.

Xmichra said...

We have to start paying into CPP if we make more than 3500 dollars, and income tax depends on the provence not the business type. Still, it's not exactly easy to get up and going, make money, and manage to harvest some of that money for yourself. Otherwise, I'm fairly sure more people would be doing it. me included.

Race Bannon said...

My Uncle said he got out of the restaurant business because his partner was taking his share before they even made a 'profit.' It wasn't until years later that I found out who this 'Uncle Sam' was.

...but when you're self employed, you can't get fired. In that way, you are just like a Federal Government Employee.

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