What is a Schedule C Tax Form?
The Schedule C: Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship) is used to report how much money you made or lost in a business you operated by yourself. The form reports how much of the income from your business is subject to tax or whether you have a loss for tax purposes.
Who Should File a Schedule C Tax Form?
If you’re self-employed and set up your business as a sole proprietorship, you should file Schedule C with your Form 1040 to report the profit or loss for your business. An activity qualifies as a business activity if it is operated with the intent to make a profit and is operated regularly and continually. That means you don’t need to use a Schedule C to report income from a hobby.
Schedule C collects the following business information:
- Product or service activity
- Employer Identification Number (EIN) if applicable
- Accounting method
- Gross receipts or sales
- Cost of goods sold
- Business expenses
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What Other Forms May Need to Be Completed Outside of a Schedule C? (Hint: Schedule SE)
Usually, people who file a Schedule C Tax Form will also have to file a Schedule SE Tax Form: Self-Employment Tax. You may also need Form 4562 to claim depreciation or Form 8829 to claim actual expenses from business use of your home.
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