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FAQ

Can I take the standard deduction and still write off business expenses?

Yes! A lot of freelancers and independent contractors don’t realize it’s possible to write off business expenses and claim the standard deduction. But you absolutely can.

How much can I make and not file taxes?

For freelancers, side hustlers, and other self-employed people, the answer is $400 in self-employment income. That’s after you subtract your write-offs. People who only have W-2 income, though, don’t have to file taxes unless they’re making at least the standard deduction. Sometimes, though, you should file your taxes even if you’re not required to. You can get a refund back!

What happens if I don’t file taxes?

You won’t go to jail — unless you evaded taxes on purpose and your tax bill is really high. The most common consequence is having to pay a penalty, up to 25% of what you owe. Depending on how behind you are, you might have to deal with other inconveniences, like being forced to paper file and losing out on your refund.

Can I file my own business taxes?

If you’re a typical freelancer, gig worker, or sole proprietor, absolutely. A good tax software will make it simple to DIY, and you can even do it by hand. If your business is a corporation, though, you should probably hire an accountant.