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Free tax form 5. Free tax form   Taxes Table of Contents What's New Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: When To Deduct Taxes Real Estate TaxesSeparate elections. Free tax form Making the election. Free tax form Form 3115. Free tax form Income TaxesAccrual of contested income taxes. Free tax form Employment Taxes Other TaxesAdditional Medicare Tax. Free tax form What's New Additional Medicare Tax. Free tax form  Beginning in 2013, you must withhold a 0. Free tax form 9% Additional Medicare Tax from wages you pay to an employee in excess of $200,000 in a calendar year. Free tax form Also, self-employed individuals may be required to pay Additional Medicare Tax on self-employment income. Free tax form See Employment Taxes , and Self-employment tax , later. Free tax form Introduction You can deduct various federal, state, local, and foreign taxes directly attributable to your trade or business as business expenses. 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