DEFINITION of 'Self-Employed Person'

An independent contractor or sole proprietor who reports income earned from self-employment. Self-employed persons control who they work for, how the work is done and when it is done.

BREAKING DOWN 'Self-Employed Person'

Self-employed persons must pay estimated taxes, usually on a quarterly basis, to cover their FICA and FUTA contributions. They must pay twice as much of the FUTA tax as W-2 employees, who have half of their Social Security and Medicare tax paid by their respective employers.

All self-employed persons report their business income and expenses on Schedule C.

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