Web Worker Tax Time


It’s that time of year again in the US: Federal income tax returns are due next Tuesday. If you haven’t filed already, it’s time to either burn the midnight oil or file for an automatic extension.

Despite some hope that was on the horizon last year, Congress hasn’t done anything recently to offer tax breaks to telecommuters or web workers. But many of us have home offices, small businesses, and other complicating factors that can make our tax returns a bit of a challenge. Read on for links to some of our past tax coverage that can still help you out as this year’s deadline approaches. If you’re a self-employed web worker, the place to start is with our list of Six Things You Must Know About Self-Employment Taxes. This one will bring you up to speed on everything from estimated taxes to which form to file.

The home office deduction is potentially attractive, but also dangerous. Although most web workers are probably not eligible, we’ve got a guide to walk you through the details.

If you’re in search of deductions, don’t forget mileage. Last year we reviewed BizMile, with its free MapQuest-based service for turning your appointments calendar into a mileage log. They’re still in business, and you can use the 2007 and 2008 versions for free.

And remember – whatever your tax situation, we’re not tax professionals here at WWD (just long-term web workers who have had to learn this stuff out of self-defense). If your situation is overly complex, there’s no substitute for consulting a professional.


Jeffrey Brown

Mr. Mitchell,

One of the great things about the United States is our freedom to criticize our government (usually) without fear of reprisal. I share your dissatisfaction with the current income tax system, and I favor its replacement with a national sales tax.

I am curious, though, about your feeling that you have no duty to pay taxes of any kind. You must live in an area without police, fire, or emergency medical services. Parks and other preserved areas of greenspace don’t buy themselves, either. Unless you would favor raising government revenue by imposing high tariffs on imports (and undoing that silly free trade stuff), how would you propose to pay those who carry out the appropriate functions of government: law enforcement officers, members of the Armed Forces, judges, federal prison guards, etc.?

Best regards,

John Paul Mitchell

I consider myself a part-time Web Worker and religiously follow your blog for tips and must-know information to better manage my online life and career.

However, as the author of No More Taxes and an advocate of non-state self-governance, I am totally opposed to taxes of any flavor. Especially, the federal income taxes imposed by the U.S. federal government and collected by the Internal Revenue Service.

My book uncovers how taxes are illegal and unethical and how they forcefully demand a person to give up a part of their property to a force larger than themselves.

Personally, I will not be filing a tax return this year. There is no law, even in the United States Code (U.S.C.) that requires an income tax to be paid. In their law codes it specifically details payment of taxes fall under voluntary compliance. Which means that you do not have to pay a penny to the government for taxes.

There has also been numerous Supreme Court cases that have determined American citizens do have the right to hold onto their property and not pay a single tax dollar.

Thought I would share this information for your readers to give them a different perspective on paying taxes. In anything, it is always good to know both sides to make the best and most accurate decision possible.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.

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