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Dangers of Earning Extra Money

taxes, lifestyle inflation, and extra time

      When searching for ways to pay of debt, build an emergency fund, or save for a major purchase, anyone will tell you that earning extra money is the fastest way to accomplish those goals. Increasing my income was one of the ways we were able to pay off massive credit card debt a few years ago. While the overall benefits more than outweigh any potential negatives, there are a few dangers to look out for when making extra money. Hopefully you can avoid those ¬†pitfalls to make sure that all extra income is serving its purpose. Taxes Unless you take on a traditional job for extra money, income earned from side hustles is usually paid without any tax withholdings. That means that you’re responsible for Medicare, Social Security, and income taxes. It might be tempting to go ahead and use your new found money right away, but remember that a tax bill is coming up. If you’re new at earning extra income, you should save about 30 percent for taxes. After the first year, if you continue to pull in side income, you’ll need to set up estimated quarterly payments to Uncle Sam and to your state ...

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