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Tax Tips, All in One Place
Tax season is upon us. Accountants rejoice. The rest of us cringe. Every year we get requests from members for tips on filing taxes. This year, we’ve put all of our tax-related resources together in one place, and this entire issue of The Buzz is dedicated to taxes. Got a hint or tip you don’t see? Email to share.

Deductions & Quarterly Payments
What federal deductions can I qualify for? How do I calculate my home office tax deduction? What are estimated taxes, and when do I pay them? Freelancer tax expert Howard Samuels answers these questions and more in Tax Deductions and Quarterly Payments, a downloadable audio version of his popular Freelancers Union seminar, available for $25 on our website.

New This Year
Tax laws change every year, and this year a few changes may benefit you:
  • Thanks to The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, self-employed folks can deduct the cost of health insurance from their self-employment taxes, and entrepreneurs can deduct even more of their start-up expenses.
  • Thanks to the new healthcare law, small businesses that have fewer than 25 full-time-equivalent employees and have average wages of less than $50,000 will be eligible for a tax credit on their 2010 returns, up to 35% of their health insurance costs.
Need to Talk to a Person?
Check out the Freelancers Union members who are accountants. You can find a fellow freelancer from Fresno to Philadelphia, and some even offer discounts to members. If you're confused about how to file your self-employment taxes, the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union is offering free consultations, as well as low-cost business tax preparation.

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