What You Need to Know About Self-Employed Health Insurance Options

Historically it’s been the case that the self-employed are also the ones paying the most for health insurance. This might not be so bad in the short term, especially when you’re just starting your business and money is tight, but in the long run life’s calamities usually find a way to catch up to you.

So where do you start?

For many, the first stop is to an online health insurance brokerage that sells health insurance plans from the major carriers. Usually their websites function a lot like a health insurance version of Travelocity, where you can search generally or specifically for health insurance plans then compare them against one another to see how they match up.

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How to Determine Your Home Office Qualifies for a Tax Deduction

This article was written by Beth Duff of MerchantExpress.com.

Small business owners who use part of their home to run their business are entitled to deduct certain expenses on their tax returns. However, certain rules still apply when it comes to this home office deduction.

According to the IRS, there are two basic requirements that determine if your home qualifies for the deduction:

The regular and exclusive use requirement means you must regularly use part of your home exclusively for conducting business. If you run your business out of an extra bedroom or dedicated office space in your house, you can take the home office deduction for that space. If you work from your dining room table during the day and use the room for its intended purpose the rest of the time, you do not meet the regular and exclusive use rule and are not eligible for the deduction. Continue reading

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Guest Post: How to Do Your Taxes if You’re a Freelancer

This article was originally printed on LearnVest.com.

You’re free! Free to sleep in until 11 a.m., free to work while your adorable toddler plays at your feet, free to … keep really good records of all your expenses for your taxes.

We know. Not so fun. The reality is, being self-employed can be awesome for 11 months out of the year, and then come crashing down on your head in the form of lost receipts and unpaid estimated taxes in April. We want to save you from that sinking feeling. Read on for what every freelancer needs to know for your taxes.

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Small Business’s Taxes

At the beginning of each year, businesses begin to look at what they spent the year before, gather up receipts, approve budgets for the year, and start to get ready to file their taxes. Prepping your small business’ taxes early can be a long drawn-out process but gathering and preparing everything early on ensures that you and your employees are taken care of completely before April 15th.

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