Thank you for your blog – it’s quite a nice support!
I am an olah from Toronto,
a message to me, a reply in a comment somewhere on this blog, and a repost here in its own post..
Dear Chana Leah,
Thanks for writing, sorry for the time lag in responding, I guess you get what you pay for:-)
I have been reading your blog on-and-off for a while. I just opened an osek patur, but I am still working in a regular “sachir” job part-time. I wanted to ask you the following: Will this affect the taxes that I will pay at my sachir job or as an osek patur?
>>I remind you, my “advice” is not professional, just my educated guess. Depending on your salaried income, it probably will not impact. I don’t have the exact numbers, but from what I understand, if your combined income is under a certain number, you do not pay more. See below>>
If so, do I need to visit Te’um mas or any other office to fix this?
>>The question isn’t how much tax you will pay, but how much people will withhold from you. Ultimately, around Pesach you will go to the free advice hours, and they will help you complete your tax return (doch shnati) and tell you how little if any tax you will have to pay. But until then, you should go the Mas Hachnasa and get a teum mas, so your salaried job won’t deduct more than he should, and your clients won’t think they have to withhold at source (nikkui mas bamakor). Getting a teum mas is painless, just takes time. I understand that you can do it online nowadays. Taxes.mof.gov.il or something like that.
Thanks for your help, Chana Leah
Thanks, Gidon Ariel
Jessi wrote in a comment to a previous post. I will use this post to respond:
My name is Jessi and I have come across your website before but today when searching for information on specific atzma’i status, I noticed with pleasant surprise that you have me in your blog roll I know I have been in contact before with Jeremy over at Shomer Shkalim, but had no idea that you would also include me! So thanks….I do need to really get on top of publishing more. Really – I’ve been beyond horrible at posting.
Anyways – I have a question that you may or may not be able to answer for me:
I myself also am a freelancer, however as far as I know, I’m not any one status or the other. I have always just been referred to as an atzmait. I have a “file” open up at the tax office but whenever I gained a new client, I would get their business number and would be issued a teum mas. This has always been sufficient for what I have done.
However, I have a new company that wants to hire me on and they asked me to have an osek mershuh status – which from what you have found out and from what I have been told, I need to earn at least 64,000nis/year in order to qualify for this status and while it would be nice to do so, that is nowhere near what I will be making with this company – in fact, in a year, I would only project to make about 18,000nis.
So my problem lies here – this new company would like me to issue receipts to them (which is understandable) – I normally if a client asks, just write one off Excel or some other billing software I’m using at the time and then send it in and keep copies for my records. However, now I’m worried – do I actually need an official receipt book with my tax status on it? Or can I just purchase one from Office Depot and be done with it?
Also, this project is only about 5 months in scope, so I don’t know if since I will be under the “radar” as people have been calling it, is it really worth it to go through the whole process of opening a new file?
Oh and I shall also be adding you to my blog roll in reciprocation.