The one where Jennie finds out she’s self-employed.

In the midst of trying to figure out my American income taxes, I discovered that I am considered “self-employed in a US business” thanks to the Google Ads on my website. Huh? I’m self-employed? But I don’t even make enough money to break even each month!

I had thought my Google payments would just be considered as other or miscellaneous income for tax purposes. But nope. Apparently I have my own business and so I must pay the Self-Employment Tax of 15.3%.

I don’t qualify for the Economic Stimulus Payment or the Earned Income Tax Credit either. Awesome. But at least I can deduct web hosting and internet connection costs.

But here’s the kicker… US citizens have to file taxes only if their income is over $8,750, which mine is definitely not. However, if you are self-employed, you have to file taxes if your income is over $400! Lame.

So since I will have to pay the SE tax anyway and since I’m really starting to fear not being able to find a job in France, I suppose I should try to make my “business” more profitable. What do you think I should add/change/redo on my website? I’m not very good with marketing since I care more about the content and quality than how many people are looking at it or linking to it… But working on my site will probably be my full-time job this summer while I’m waiting for the right to work in this country, so let me know what I should work on!

Almost April

Our internet was fixed Thursday night. I’m not sure how I managed to live without internet for 12 days, but I did get a lot of work done on my Lesson Plans page and French & German Comparative Tutorial. Some of my classes were cancelled yesterday because parents “sequestered” the teachers in the building as […]

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And it keeps getting better and better…

RIP Renault Super 5. The garagiste said the entire motor needs to be replaced. That would cost more than the 1200 I paid for it. So now I’m out all those euros and an automatic car. I’m so frustrated and angry and just sad. I could barely afford that car, which took four months to […]

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Worst Week Ever

Not a good way to start the weekend. So in addition to the no internet/TV/phone thing, I now have no car. It decided to overheat and leave me stranded on the highway Friday afternoon after I left work. And the weather gods wanted to make things worse, so they made it snow and rain all […]

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Another I hate France day.

No internet for 36 hours chez nous!!! At least we figured out the problem is the ADSL line and not the Freebox. Unfortunately, the helpful customer service people at Free claim they can’t send a technician until NEXT WEDNESDAY. If France Telecom can’t fix it before then, I will be without internet for a while. […]

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Bon PACSiversaire

Happy one year PACSiversary to us! Jij bent mijn hartendief.

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La langue française me rend folle.

Sometimes there are certain aspects of the French language that drive me crazy. Verbs of movement is one example. French does not use adverbs of motion the same way that English does, so it is not possible to translate literally “He ran across the street” into French. Sure, you can say il a couru for […]

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Canaille is confused.

Every time I try to print something… “What is this loud machine?”

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I’m a March hater.

I hate the month of March because it’s so long and boring and just shouldn’t exist anymore. Nothing important ever happens and the weather sucks. I’m just waiting for my job to be over so I don’t have to waste so much money on gas. I’m tired all of the time because of the commute […]

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Travailleur Temporaire to Vie Privée et Familiale

I love that I just now received my travailleur temporaire carte de séjour for being an assistant when I have five weeks of work left. Really, what was the point?? Anyway, I got the list of documents that I need to provide for my first vie privée et familiale card due to being PACSed. For […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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