A reader arrived at Small Biz Survival with this search query:
“I want to start a home business, but I’m on Social Security. Can I still be self employed?”
This sounds like a good addition to the Small Biz 100 and tax question for Maesz! Here’s the answer:
If she is not “full retirement age,” too much net self-employment income may trigger some recapture of her Social Security benefits.
If she has reached “full retirement age,” she can earn as much as she wants without any adjustment of her Social Security benefits.
HOWEVER, she is in any instance, responsible for self-employment tax and income tax on her earnings from self-employment.
Thank you, Maesz!
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.