The Self-Employment Tax: Into the Swamp

When reporters try to make stories short and clear, we sometimes sacrifice valuable detail and nuance. That’s easy to do when we write about taxes, because we also try not to put readers to sleep. A story I wrote earlier this week about how self-employed people pay an extra tax on health premiums that almost no one else in the system pays caused confusion among some readers, and I want to address that here. I’ll opt for detail and completeness instead of brevity. If you feel like diving deep into the the murky swamp of the tax code, read on after the jump. If not, I understand.

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