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Hi there, this may be a stupid question but found this website, and thought it can provide some direction.

I am planning to start my own video production company, just by myself filming small events (small birthdays, parties, ceremonies, etc..nothing big). I am wondering if I can just collect the payment $ in cash and not go through the whole tax process....or is it better to register as a business and pay tax + use expense as deduction?

I am new to this and any suggestion would be helpful. thanks.

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Yes, you can keep it simple. Best is to keep track of all your income and expenses along the way in your computer or a notebook. Than when you do your taxes you'll have a good idea of how you did. You don't have to register anything, just use your social security number as a sole proprietor. TurboTax or any of the tax software programs will work for you and get all your income/business expenses in the right place. No need to incorporate until the business gets really big - like hundreds of thousands - and some people still just use their social security numbers instead of a corporate tax number.

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