Please note the following deadlines for providing your materials to us in time for the tax-filing deadline:
- March 1: Corporate/Partnership Tax Returns to file by March 15 (without extension).
- March 25: Personal Tax Returns to file by April 18 (without extension).
You may bring in your paperwork to our office during regular business hours, or drop it off in our after-hours dropbox out front. To make sure you provide everything we need, please use our 2021 Tax Preparation Checklist (Personal and/or Business). Just click here to download and print out:
Please note that most financial advisor companies are not issuing 1099 forms until February 15 or later. It’s OK to drop off everything else and just send us any lagging paperwork as soon as you receive it.
Don’t Forget to Report Gig Economy Earnings
Whether it’s a full-time job or just a side-hustle, those extra earnings you make need to be reported on your tax return. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- You should receive a Form 1099-K for any gig or freelance work that exceeds $600 total. The IRS expects you to report it even if you don’t receive a Form 1099-K, though.
- If you are an independent contractor, you may be able to deduct some of your business expenses. Be sure to keep good records.
- As an employee, your employer typically withholds income taxes for you. As a freelancer or gig worker, however, you are responsible for your own taxes. If you also have a job that takes out taxes, you can submit a new Form W-4 to your employer to have additional taxes withheld from your paycheck to help cover the difference. Otherwise, you’ll need to make quarterly estimated income tax payments throughout the year, as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes. (We can help you with this.)
If you’re not sure about your status as a worker in the gig economy, let us help. We can help you figure out whether you should be paying additional taxes and how to best set that up. And be sure to provide us with any Form 1099-Ks you receive when you drop off your tax-preparation materials.
Money Minute: Reporting Tips
If you receive tips while working, then you must report them as part of your gross income. Here are some “tips” for reporting your tips. Tips include:
- Cash tips received directly from customers.
- Non-cash tips added using credit, debit or gift cards.
- Tips from a tip-splitting arrangement with other employees.
- Non-cash items, such as tickets, passes or other items of value.
To help keep track of your tips:
- Keep a daily tip record.
- Report tips of less than $20 a month on your income tax return.
- Report tips of more than $20 a month to your employer by the 10th day of the following month. Your employer must withhold taxes on those reported tips (so you don’t have to).
If you have taxable income from any payer that doesn’t withhold tax for you, check out this IRS video to see if you need to make estimated tax payments.