If you make money online do you have to pay taxes?

It’s a common question that’s often asked by those who earn money online from affiliate marketing or other online business models.

It’s a fair question as affiliate marketing doesn’t always follow the rules of regular business.

That being said, if you’re making money online, you’ll be required to pay tax on your earnings.

In the United States, and most countries, you’ll have to pay federal, state, and local taxes on your earnings.

That said, it’s important to understand that many of these taxes will be tax-deductible if you qualify for them.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • What the best online income tax strategies are.
  • How to choose which income tax strategy is right for you.
  • How to deduct your expenses.
  • How to file for your taxes.
  • When to expect to receive your tax refund.

What is an online income tax strategy?

An online income tax strategy is a way to streamline your taxes so you can afford them more easily.

The IRS recognizes the following types of strategies to pay taxes more easily:

  • Automatic Refunds
  • Simple Returns
  • Simple Wages
  • Direct Deposit
  • Automatic Withholding
  • Self-Employed
  • Business Withholding

While each strategy has its merits, for now, you can focus on one.

We’ll explain which strategy works best in a moment.

First, let’s cover the basics.

What are the three types of online income tax strategies?

When you’re making money online, you have three options for tax strategies.

Automatic Refund

Automatically deducting your taxes whenever you make a sale or get a refund is a great tax strategy.

The IRS provides detailed instructions on how to do this.

They also provide a list of common types of refunds that are typically tax-deductible.

Simple Returns

Another popular tax strategy is using a simple return to your IRS. This means filling out your tax returns once and mailing them to the IRS.

These returns will ask you to include some basic information like your gross income and business expenses.

It could also ask about the nature of your business, such as if you’re a sole-proprietress, corporate, or partnership.

Simple returns aren’t as complex as the automatic return because you’ll have to complete them once.

Simple returns also usually don’t require much information from you or your employer.

Simple Wages

A third tax strategy is using a simple return to your employer.

These returns will ask about your gross income, the nature of your business, and how you’re paid.

You’ll also need to include information about your employer, such as their business name and address, where you work, and any benefits your employer offers.

The IRS doesn’t typically provide a list of simple return types (although they do provide some general guidelines).

Simple Wages tax strategies are often used by people who make a lot of money online that doesn’t require a lot of details from them.

Direct Deposit

Another tax strategy is using direct deposit.

The IRS provides a list of instructions for when and how to use direct deposit.

This is a good strategy for people who don’t have a lot of money saved.

They can use direct deposit for tax preparation.

It’s also a great strategy for those who don’t have a lot of money saved in the bank.

The IRS suggests that you deposit your taxes into your bank account or another bank account.

If you don’t have a bank account, you can use your employer’s checking or savings account.

This isn’t a tax strategy that requires much effort from you or your employer.

This is why some tax preparation services use direct deposit to make your tax preparation easier.


Finally, there’s what’s called the self-employed tax strategy.

The IRS doesn’t provide a list of self-employed tax strategies.

However, they do provide some general guidelines for self-employed tax strategies.

For example, they suggest that you file your taxes with your employer.

This is a good strategy for people who are self-employed and don’t work for a company.

If you’re self-employed and work for a company, you’ll need to file taxes with your employer.

You may also be required to file your taxes with your employer if you’re an independent contractor.

This is because independent contractors aren’t required to file a tax return.

If you work for a company and you’re self-employed, you don’t have to file business taxes with your employer.

You’ll need to file your taxes directly with the IRS.

What are the types of income tax strategies?

Here are some examples of the types of income tax strategies.

Using automatic deductions

  • Annual income tax returns
  • Simple income tax returns
  • Business
  • Business Wages
  • Business Income
  • Business Withheld

Using automatic refunds

  • Annual income tax refunds
  • Simple Withholding

Using direct deposit

  • Annual income tax deposits
  • Simple income tax deposits
  • Automatic deposits
  • Self-employed tax

Using simple returns

  • Annual income tax
  • Simple income tax

Using simple wages

  • Annual income taxes
  • Simple income taxes

Using self-employed tax

  • Annual income
  • Simple income

What are the pros and cons of each strategy?

Now that you’ve reviewed the three types of income tax strategies, let’s talk about pros and cons.

The pros of each strategy

The IRS provides detailed instructions for each strategy.

For example, they provide a list of tips and tricks that you can use.

It also provides a list of other tips and tricks that you can use to make your life easier.

The IRS suggests that you complete your tax return once.

If you don’t have a computer, they suggest that you use an accountant to provide you with the necessary details.

The IRS also suggests that you use an accountant to help you complete your return.

This is a good strategy if you’re a busy professional or have to file your tax returns multiple times a year.


The income tax strategies can make a big difference in your taxes.

By using each of these strategies, you can reduce your taxes.

The IRS has suggested which strategies are best for you.

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