1415.Social Security Taxes on Self-Employment Income
1415.1What are the tax rates on self-employment income?
Social Security taxes are paid on self-employment income up to the maximum amount creditable for the year. Medicare taxes are paid on all self-employment income, as there is no yearly maximum. (See §1201.) The Social Security and Medicare tax rates on self-employment income are shown in the following chart:
Retirement, survivors, and disability insurance rate
Hospital insurance rate
1415.2What tax credits are allowed for self-employed persons?
If you were self-employed in 1984-1989, you were allowed credit against your Social Security and Medicare tax liability for those years in the following percentages:
After 1989, the credit was replaced with special deduction provisions designed to treat the self-employed like employees and employers are treated for Social Security and income tax purposes.
Last Revised: Aug. 8, 2011