Tax Help Blog


Tax blog posts, news, videos and more from our team of experts!
Ask a Tax Expert

TaxTalk Postcard - Salem, MA

Mar 02, 2010

Tackling the very first tax seminar of 2010

Tackling our first tax seminar of 2010 in Salem, Oregon

I love tax season because I enjoy getting out to talk to self-employed business owners about what they do. Unfortunately, I also have a bit of a reputation around the office for cutting it close when it comes to arriving at the airport. I almost didn’t make the flight on Monday morning due to multiple accidents on the freeway in my hometown of Dallas. After I got through security, I ran to the gate and got directly on the plane. Let's just say it's a good thing that I am reasonably fit because that was a workout!

We ate at Finz on Monday night in downtown Salem. It was out of this world. Maureen Petron is our Executive Director of Communications (and creator of the seminars). She and I both insisted we had ordered the better dish but, truth be told, I think we both chose well.

The next morning arrived and we were ready to kick off our very first tax seminar of 2010. Salem is known far and wide for its witch trials, and the tourism industry depends on that. That night was a full moon, and I must have heard at least five people at registration on separate occasions saying, “well, yeah, of course something like that happened… last night was a full moon after all…”

One particularly good question I got at the seminar involved tax ID numbers. One business owner asked if it was necessary to open a business bank account. The technical answer is no. You don’t need an Employer ID Number (EIN) unless you have employees. Your tax identification number – if you don’t have an EIN – is just your social security number. However, you might consider getting an EIN. Otherwise, all your paperwork will have your social security number floating around on it.

NASE Social Media

res-footer-facebook res-footer-twitter res-footer-linkedin

res-footer-blog res-footer-huffpost res-footer-youtube

Related News...

How To Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits If You Are Self-Employed
If you are self-employed, you own your own business or you do gig work or freelance. You pay in taxes, but you do not have an employer who makes deductions from your paychecks. If you are self-employed and you are disabled because of a medical condition, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is a rundown of how you can qualify for disability benefits if you are self-employed.
Posted on Dec 16, 2020
Ask the Expert - Added Expenses on Extended Tax Return
Question: I extended my tax return that is now due on October 15th. I just discovered that I left off some expenses from the previous year that I should have included. Can I include those amounts on this tax return or on next year’s tax return, or have I lost the benefit of those expenses?
Posted on Sep 13, 2019
Tax Preparation for the Small Business Owner
At The National Association for the Self-Employed, we know that tax season can be a hassle for independent contractors, freelancers, and small business owners. You don’t usually have the resources to hire seasoned accountants, so you end up taking precious time out of your busy day to do it yourself. But never fear, NASE is here to guide you and your small business through the process with the essential knowledge you’ll need to navigate your 2018 Tax Year.
Posted on Feb 25, 2019
Want to see more news items?  Click here  

Related Videos...

Are Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments Really Needed?
Find out more about quarterly estimated tax payments. How much should my quarterly payment be and what happens if I do not make payments? What are a 3 safe harbors to help you avoid penalties? Always remember, do not pay in more taxes than you have to.
Posted on Jan 10, 2018 by Katie Vlietstra
How to Deduct the Business Use of Your Vehicle
Will you be prepared at the end of the year to take your vehicle tax deduction? Are you keeping a mileage log in case of audit?
Posted on Jan 10, 2018
Self Employment Tax
As a self-employed business owner, you are the employee and the company. Make sure that self-employment tax is part of your business plan.
Posted on Jan 10, 2018
Want to see more related videos?  Click here  

Still Have Questions?

Ask The Expert

Courtesy of NASE.org
https://www.nase.org/business-help/get-help/tax/tax-blog/tax-talk/2010/03/02/TaxTalk_Postcard_-_Salem_MA