Ask an Accountant: How much to save for taxes

It’s tax time! Mom on Dealz’s  “Ask An Accountant” series should help with many questions that may arise. Remember, if you have a tax question, email Mister Mom on Dealz  who is an experienced accountant at [email protected].

Is there a specific amount I should be saving for taxes at the end of the year?


Assuming you are set up as an LLC or sole proprietor, you should be setting aside approximately 15% of your net profits. This will at least cover the Self-Employment taxes on the profits. The amount of profit also needs to be added to your income, and income tax will need to be calculated on the additional amount based on your individual tax rates.

Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Do not rely on this column for definite tax answers as many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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3 comments… add one
  • 15% net or gross? Does this include income from any other sources?
  • I'm still making too little to pay...we get money back each year instead. =/
  • Ughh... tax time again. Any tip is useful. Thanks.

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