You can run a small business promoting other companies’ products by providing referrals online. You don’t actually sell the products; you refer customers to the seller. You get paid for every customer you bring to the selling company’s website. This kind of payment plan creates a unique tax situation for you. Understanding the tax implications of being an affiliate marketer can help you plan your income and your tax liability.
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I was just reading your article and it seems like all of these experts are pointing primarily towards this one course – Wealthy Affiliate. Do you have anymore information about this course? What is it exactly and how does it work? Furthermore, I actually have a bit of experience myself with Affiliorama and I find that it’s so tough because of all the information. I get so overwhelmed. Is Wealthy Affiliate better in terms of this?
If you filed paperwork and formed a Limited Liability Company (an “LLC”), there could be some additional tax ramifications to be aware of. If your LLC is a single member LLC (meaning, only one owner), then you are taxed the same as a Sole Proprietorship with all earnings from affiliate marketing flowing through to your personal tax returns. However, if there are multiple members (owners) of your LLC, you’ll be required to file an informational return (Form 1065) with the IRS to report all earnings from the LLC. In addition, you’ll be required to furnish a Schedule K-1 to all owners of the LLC, which they then use to report their earnings from the partnership on their personal tax returns. The final wrinkle is if the LLC has made an S-Corporation election, you’ll be required to file Form 1120S and furnish a Schedule K-1 to each owner, once again indicating their pro-rata share of the entity’s earnings. The S-Corp election can be a powerful tax savings strategy, and one that I recommend in many circumstances, but is one that you should consult a CPA on before making the election.
There are a few drawbacks to consider, though. Most of your support will come from other members on the forum, and you’ll often find yourself subjected to expensive “upgrades” that aren’t mentioned in the sales pitch. Some of the training videos are too short, lacking details that would be useful for beginners, and some people have reported that it’s difficult to get your money back if you’re not satisfied.
Once you’ve enticed people onto your email list and warmed them up with great content, you can automate the entire process. Subscribers should receive a welcome email, a multi-message onboarding sequence, and an occasional “newsletter.” Every now and then, as circumstances warrant, you can drop in a powerful offer that they’ll already be inclined to go for.
Your small business must pay state income tax in the state you operate in. Depending on how your business is organized, you could pay corporate tax or a limited liability company tax in addition to your personal income tax. You may pay taxes in the state the selling company is located in if that state taxes entities who earn money within their borders (even if the earner is located out of state). Your affiliate marketing company is considered a separate entity from the selling company when it comes to figuring state income taxes.