Navigating Form 1040 Schedule C
There is little doubt in the minds of many observers that the world of work—an environment in which a legion of wage earners commute to an employer’s office or worksite to toil from 9 to 5—is changing, and that impression is bolstered by recent studies. Among those studies is a Gallup report titled “The Gig Economy and Alternative Work Arrangements.” The changing nature of work for many taxpayers is likely to have an effect on tax preparers’ need to prepare Schedule C.
The gig economy, an economy characterized by multiple types of alternative work arrangements including independent contractors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, on-call workers, and temporary workers, engages 36% of U.S. workers. Gallup, in its report, also estimates that 29% of all workers in the U.S. have an alternative work arrangement as their primary job.

Whether the strength of the gig economy is due to the flexibility and freedom it affords, the fewer limits on income it exerts compared to being a wage earner or results from some other advantage it offers, it seems clear that, barring a cataclysmic event affecting the economy, the gig economy is here to stay and intent on growing larger with each year. With that growth is the likely growth of tax preparers’ need to be familiar with preparation of Schedule C.


Course Publication Date: February 20, 2024

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Author:Paul Winn
Course No:TAX-SCHC-12024
Recommended CPE:3.00
Delivery Method:QAS Self Study
Level of Knowledge:Overview
Prerequisites:None
Advanced Preparation:None
Recommended Field of Study:Taxes
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Learning Objectives
  • Identify the factors included in the common law test used to determine a taxpayer’s status as self-employed.
  • Recognize what constitutes business income.
  • List the categories of taxpayers generally identified as “statutory employees”.
  • Describe the tax treatment of installment sales whose gain is recognized under the installment method.
  • Identify the role of the applicable federal rates (AFRs) in connection with the installment method.
  • Identify the requirements that business expenses must meet to be deductible.
  • Recognize the insurance expenses that a Schedule C taxpayer may deduct.
  • Describe the difference between a business and a hobby.
  • List the taxes and licenses that are deductible on Schedule C.
  • Distinguish between the actual expense method and simplified method of figuring the home-office deduction.
  • List the expenses normally deductible by taxpayers using a home for business purposes who use the actual expense method.
  • Recognize the limits applicable to a home-office deduction.

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