The Money PIG host Reid Trego is joined by Financial Advisor Ray Brown to discuss Social Security for freelance workers. They talk about the impact of being self-employed on retirement and Social Security savings. They explain how taxes work for W-2 employees and highlight that 7.65% of their income goes towards Social Security and Medicare. When someone becomes self-employed, they are responsible for both their own contribution as well as the employer’s portion. also mentions deductions for legitimate business expenses and warns against unethical practices to avoid paying taxes. It concludes with a discussion about the challenges faced by self-employed individuals when it comes to tax payments.
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He discusses various aspects of income taxes, refunds, and Social Security. It highlights the misconception that tax refunds are free money and emphasizes the importance of setting aside a percentage of income for self-employed individuals. The conversation also touches on the future of Social Security and how it may change over time. Additionally, it mentions several sources of income that are not subject to Social Security tax, such as dividends, interest from stocks, rental property income, and certain partnerships. It stresses the need for accurate bookkeeping in order to determine true profits and manage finances effectively. Finally, it suggests considering other retirement savings options like Roth IRAs for both self-employed individuals and those with regular jobs.
There are two great retirement options for self-employed individuals: SEP IRA and self-employed 401K. The choice depends on factors like whether you have employees and how generous you want to be with benefits. A financial advisor can help navigate the complexities, and it’s also advisable to consult with a CPA for tax considerations. Goodwin Investment Advisory offers personalized planning conversations tailored to individual goals. Listeners are encouraged to rate, review, and submit questions for future episodes of the MoneyPig podcast.
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