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Subject:  Self employment tax Date:  10/12/2013  4:47 PM
Author:  WotPeed Number:  119292 of 123001

Greetings,

Short version: is there a rule of thumb for calculating what my self employment tax would be on income earned this year as compared to if that income were earned as a W-2 wage?

Long version: I switched jobs this year. For the first few months I was working as a regular W-2 wage earner at my old job. I left that job and started working part-time (hourly rate) as an independent contractor for a start-up company for a few months. Eventually that start-up took me on full time. We agreed on a salary but they asked if I could continue to get paid (at the new rate) as a contractor for a while. I'm going to be the first official employee of this start-up and they are taking their time getting things like health care and various HR stuff in place so they're not ready for actual employees yet.

I agreed to this arrangement on the conditions that they pay for my