18 tax write offs for event planners 🎟️

Event planning is rewarding and exciting and requires lots organization and effort to pull together the perfect occasion! But tracking expenses for taxes is probably not your favorite part. Here's a list of expenses that you can claim as tax write offs.

Event Costs

If you pay directly for any event related costs, go ahead and claim the deduction!

Online Advertising

Every dollar you spend on Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, etc. is a tax deductible expense!

Website expenses

Website hosting fees, plugins, stock photos, and themes are tax deductible!

Relevant Books

Write off any books that help you manage your business or that are relevant to your field!

Business cards

Business cards & brochures are a marketing costs that can fully written off on taxes.

Phone & accessories

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

Electronics

A new computer, cell phone, keyboard, printer, monitor, mouse, it all counts!

Self Promotion Material

Audition tapes, portfolios, business cards. Write off anything used to promote yourself.

Labor costs

If you employ people that help your business, that's tax deductible!

Conferences & classes

Conferences and classes that help you keep up with the industry are tax deductible.

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If you drive for work ...
Go ahead and write off some of those car-related expenses if you needed to drive to meet a client, visit a conference or event, or other related business errands.
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

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

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

Tolls

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 at least some of your design work from a dedicated home workstation, don't forget to claim home office write offs!
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 ...
If you need to travel for a business-related reason, such as a conference or meeting a client, write them off!
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
Transportation

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

Lodging

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!