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Pampered Chef: Year-end taxes or quarterly taxes?

  1. JenniK

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    I just started selling PC this year, so I have no idea what to do about taxes. And I've never been good with what to do aroudn tax time. My dad is an accountant so I rely on him.

    It wasn't until last month that I realized I might need to pay some for taxes, so I've put some money aside for that. However, I was talking to a friend the other day that owns a small business and she said that if I wasn't sending in quarterly taxes, that I would have to pay a large fine? Is this true?? :eek: I just assumed that if I kept my receipts and had some money aside, I could take care of all the taxes at the end of the year.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    I've never paid quarterly taxes and I've never had fines. I'm not a tax expert in any way, shape or form, but I do believe we don't fall under all of the same tax regulations a regular small business would be subjected to. I'd definitely check with an accountant though, and if your dad does taxes in his accounting business, he'd be fine. But if he doesn't regularly deal with sole proprietorship type tax returns, you might want to check with someone who does.
     
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  3. Jen1409

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    When I sold Avon, I filed with my year end taxes after I got my W2 from my full time job so I plan on doing the same with PC
     
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  4. wadesgirl

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    You only do it at the end of the year. I wonder if the taxes she sends in is the sales tax? Not sure, not an expert! If you have enough write offs you may not have to pay anything.
     
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  5. Krista Burson

    Krista Burson Member Gold Member

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    As independent contractors (that is what we are), we are required to claim our earnings whether or not we receive a 1099 on our tax return. We are not required to pay taxes quarterly to the government. Now, your state income tax may be different.
     
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  6. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    Just to clarify - we don't pay the sales tax, TPC does this for each state.

    We DO pay taxes on our income from commissions. You can do this on a 1040 return, and claim all your expenses at the same time (hopefully, if you do everything right - including adding in your groceries and mileage, etc, you'll actually have a 'loss' at the end of the year).
     
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  7. chefheidi2003

    chefheidi2003 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I thought you don't want to have a "loss" at the end of every year..my brother is a CPA here in PA..and he told me that if you have a loss for more than I think 3 years..that it is considered a hobby. I might have misunderstood your comment Sarah I just wanted to clarify
     
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  8. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    A small business with employees would be required to pay State/Federal Withholding, Unemployment, etc....so they would be doing Quarterly Taxes. She may be doing that. (I helped set up this stuff for a business a few years back - but I'm not a tax person...just was more intelligent about it than the business owner!)

    As sole proprietors with no employees or any of those tax requirements on our earnings- other than regular Income Tax....I've never had to file anything other than the special forms at the Year-end. I know there is/was at least one lady on here that is an accountant...she answers alot of questions I've seen in the past- so maybe she'll see your post and give you a more "official" answer.
     
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  9. JenniK

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    Thank you all so much! As soon as my friend had told me that I did panic. I was wondering why I didnt' see anything about it on here! So, phew! I've been keeping receipts (or almost all of them - I wasn't as good about when I first started as I am now), but I haven't been keeping track of mileage. I was under the impression (and not sure why), that if a show was under 20 miles from your residence you couldn't claim it. I only have one show that would fit in to that category. Is that true or not?
     
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  10. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    Mileage is mileage- if you drove anywhere for your business, grocery store, post office, a show....you can count it.

    If you didn't keep track, (I'm terrible at it too), I use my calendar and just know that I went to a certain meeting, or show, etc. and then can use Mapquest or something to calculate the mileage from Point A to Point B. It's better than nothing!
     
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  11. chefheidi2003

    chefheidi2003 Senior Member Gold Member

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    I am so bad with Mileage..so..at the end of the year..I always mapquest all of my shows..but..then again..it is not that bad..I don't do too many shows..I WOULD NOT want to do that if I had a bunch of shows..
     
  12. Jen1409

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    you can claim a loss for up to $1500 for the first 3 years of your home business. After that you have to claim earnings I believe in order for it to not be considered a hobby
     
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  13. wadesgirl

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    For mileage I bought a mileage book at Staples (one year off ebay) and keep it in my car at all times. If you are just recording your shows, you are missing out on a lot of mileage!
     
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  14. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

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    I usually input everything (expenses) as I go in P3. I use the report I get from PC and give that to my accountant. Until July of this year, I have only done PC part time--some years I would break even; some years come out at a "loss", but I haven't really ever owed because of it.

    Also, any awards you get from PC you can write off when you use them for business.
     
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  15. cheflorraine

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    How do you claim your mileage? Do you use a rate (i.e per mile to come up with a dollar figure)?
     
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  16. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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  17. littlemaisyPC

    littlemaisyPC Member Gold Member

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    This whole tax thing has got me thinking so if we come out as a "loss" then are we really making money?
     
  18. Monty060609

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    The other part of Quarterly Taxes-
    If you are a contract employee (1099) you can set it up to pay quarterly to be applied to that year, ie pay while you go. That way IF you were to owe a bunch of money at the end of the year the brunt of it would already be paid. Does that make sense?

    My ex was a DJ and that is how his was set up after one year of oweing a couple $1000. But if you either have another job or don't generate that much income from PC you should be fine.
     
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  19. Jen1409

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    this is the response I got from a friend who does taxes

     
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  20. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Alot of the things you can write off are things you were paying for anyway - writing off mileage to the store or bank when you do personal and PC stuff, writing of household bills if you claim a home office, writing of a cell phone bill, groceries for recipe tasting (which feeds your family). Stuff like that you are paying for anyway but are now considered a business expense.
     
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  21. Jen1409

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    Can we write off internet as well since we need it to submit orders??
     
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  22. PCMomto4

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    I would say you can only write off your internet if you only use it for submitting shows, since I am assuming all of us use it for personal use also I wouldn't write it off.
     
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  23. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    I do but I also claim a home office.
     
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  24. chefsteph07

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    I do the same. This year I have more then doubled my business and do you know this is the WORST year I have had at record keeping??
    I am going to be in a panic at the end of the year!

    Question, can you figure out mileage after you have closed a show in P3? And what are we now claiming for mileage now?
     
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  25. esavvymom

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    I posted it earlier in this thread with a link to the IRS...but it's $0.55 for 2009. Last year, it had two rates depending on the months.
    And yes- you can enter mileage after closing a show. I've never entered my expenses in conjunction with a show. I SHOULD! But there are a LOT of things I SHOULD do. :)
     
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  26. cookingwithdot

    cookingwithdot Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Another tax related question - do you do separate taxes for your PC business or just add it to your family taxes?? Will I need to go to H&R Block or can I do it myself using TurboTax?
    Thanks!
     
  27. cookingwithdot

    cookingwithdot Advanced Member Gold Member

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    What can you claim?

    Check out this helpful document I received from my director. :) It's been very helpful for me to wrap my head around the whole "taxes" part of this business. ;)
     

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  28. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    Dottie, I do my business in my personal taxes since I operate as a sole proprietorship. I use Turbo Tax to do my taxes.
     
    Oct 22, 2009
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