Are you an independent dog walker? Don't miss these 16 tax write offs!

Whether you walk dogs for Wag, Rover or independently, you're paid as a contractor. While that's great because you get to define your own schedule, it means that taxes are a bit more complicated. To make the most of your Wag income, be sure to keep track of the following tax write offs you're eligible for!

Doodoo bags

Poop bags, as well as the little dispensers, are tax deductible work expenses!

Dog treats

If you buy extra treats for the dogs you walk, you can write that off on your taxes!

Tennis balls

Tennis balls, and other toys you buy for the dogs you walk are tax deductible!

Leash or harness

If you've had to buy extra leashes or harnesses, those purchases are tax deductible!

Bike expenses

If you bike to get to and from your dog walking clients, it and repairs are deductible.

Phone bill

Your monthly phone bills are expensive! Good thing the cost is partially deductible.

Phone & accessories

If you use your phone for work (who doesn't?) then it's partially deductible.

Rain gear

Dogs need to be walked rain or shine! Rain gear bought for the job is deductible.

Public transportation

Public transportation expenses to / from your dog walking clients are deductible!

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive a car to get to your clients, you can claim all car expenses as tax write offs. You can also choose to keep a mileage log, but generally people who drive less than 10,000 miles per year will save more money by claiming a portion of the following write offs:
Note: It's also possible to report the miles you drive for work instead of actual car expenses, but unless you drive a lot for work, you'll save more time & money with tracking car expenses. Learn more

Gas is expensive! A portion of your gas station fill ups are tax-deductible.

Car maintenance

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.

Insurance & registration

Car insurance, roadside assistance, registration costs, etc. are all tax-deductible.


Parking for a meeting downtown or other work trip is tax-deductible!


A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax-deductible!

Vehicle depreciation

If you drive your own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of its value!

If you work from home ...
If you do operational or logistical tasks from home, and you have a dedicated workstation (read: not the living room couch!), then you can claim the home office tax deduction!
Note: you don't need to work from a separate room to claim these write offs. A dedicated desk is sufficient. Learn more
Home office furniture

A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write offs.

Wi-Fi bill

Your Wi-Fi bill is a tax write off. You need internet to do your job!

Property insurance

Whether rental or homeowner insurance, you can write off a portion as part of home office.

Power bill

Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.

Water bill

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

Part of your rent

Whether you pay rent or own your home, a portion of those expenses are tax deductible.

If you discuss work at a restaurant ...
The IRS considers any restaurant expense tax deductible as long as the conversation is work-related. This includes discussing industry trends, and even a chat that could turn into a referral. Learn more
Meals for work

If you discuss work with a coworker, client, or even a friend, it's a write-off!

If you leave town for work ...
The IRS considers any restaurant expense tax deductible as long as the conversation is work-related. This includes discussing industry trends, and even a chat that could turn into a referral. Learn more

Planes, trains, and car rentals are all work-related travel costs that can be written off.


When you travel for work, lodging expenses like hotel rooms and Airbnbs are write-offs.

Meals while traveling

When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax-deductible. Even takeout!