I'm trying to figure out if I need to purchase the certificate. Last year, 2010, I worked part-time from home for a toy company helping them with their website. My total earnings from them were about $9000 for the year. The only other money I earned last year was from unempoyment insurance.
I may have gotten a W2 from the toy company at the end of the year, but I don't think so. I did look at my 2010 tax forms generated by Turbo Tax and there is a form "Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040)" and a "Schedule SE (Form 1040)" -- which says "Self-employment tax" at the top of the page.
I stopped working for the toy company in November of 2010. Since then, I haven't been able to find any work and I've been living off savings. This entire calendar year I've earned nothing.
I've also never worked as a self-employed worker in about ten years.
So, I'm trying to understand if I need to buy the Business Tax Registration Certificate in order to retroactively pay for the consulting money I earned in 2010. I have no use for buying a Certificate now because, as I said, I'm not working in any capacity so far this year. I'm hoping that I don't need to buy such a certificate.
I am in the midst of writing a letter to the Office of Finance explaining my situation and telling them they are mistaken in thinking I owe them money for the certificate, but I want to make sure before I send them the letter.
I realize that maybe I need to talk to a professional about this instead of trying to use this group for free advice/information. But if you have some thoughts on whether I need the certificate that would help a lot.
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