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Can I claim Netflix as deduction if I work as freelance film maker?
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This is a tricky question, but the short answer is yes (with stipulations!).

Generally speaking, the IRS allows freelancers to write off research-related costs in their industry. For instance, a vocal coach could write off tickets to the opera because it would be considered “continuing education.”

If you’re genuinely using your Netflix to stay current in your field, go right ahead. If you’re using it personally and just looking for an easy deduction, the answer is don’t claim it. If, however, you’re using it personally and professionally, I would advise taking a portion of your subscription. By creating a separate profile on your account for the business, you can easily pull a watch history log to substantiate the claim if it’s ever challenged.

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Sarah York, EA

Sarah is a staff writer at Keeper Tax and has her Enrolled Agent license with the IRS. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, Money Under 30, Best Life, GOBankingRates, and Shopify. She has nearly a decade of public accounting experience, and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate, wholesale and retail, finance, and ecommerce. Sarah has extensive experience offering strategic tax planning at the state and federal level. During her time in industry, she handled tax returns for C Corps, S corps, partnerships, nonprofits, and sole proprietorships. Sarah is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and maintains her continuing education requirements by completing over 30 hours of tax training every year. In her spare time, she is a devoted cat mom and enjoys hiking, baking, and overwatering her houseplants.

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