Tax Planning to Help New Franchisees

Investment can be a wonderful opportunity, but it also involves a completely unfamiliar set of rules when it comes to your taxes. Whether you are considering becoming a franchisee or are already involved, it’s important that you have the support of a knowledgeable tax planner to help ensure you understand your tax obligations and are preparing accordingly. Here are just a few of the things that you need to keep in mind:

Franchisees Pay Self-Employment Taxes

Even though you take direction from the franchise on marketing materials, training methods, employee rules and suppliers, you still are in charge of the business in ways that the IRS defines as being self-employed. You make your own schedule and establish your own community and business relationships, so the government puts you in the same category as a sole proprietor. That means you need to report your earnings on a Schedule C, just like single-member LLCs and sole proprietors do, and you need to pay the additional 15.3%...

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