As a contract firefighter, your job saves lives. Whether you respond seasonally to wildfires, or keep industrial environments safe for workers, your job is indispensable. So taking the tax write-offs you're entitled to is the least you deserve.
Simply by writing off the everyday sort of business purchases you encounter as a contract firefighter, you can save on your tax bill every single year. That's why we've together all the best write-offs for firefighters.
If you discuss work at a restaurant ...
Meeting with other emergency personnel or fellow firefighters to network or swap tips is a practice you might want to incorporate into your business.
And luckily, the cost of doing so over lunch can be deducted from your taxes as a business meal!
If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!
If you leave town for work ...
To qualify for business trip tax deductions, your trip must be primarily about business. For instance, if you go away for a week and have a one-hour meeting with a client, you can't deduct the whole week's worth of hotel costs.
But if you go to an out-of-town firefighter conference and book a two-night stay so you attend the full event, that does count.
Planes, trains, and car rentals are all work-related travel costs that can be written off.
When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.
When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax-deductible. Even takeout!
If you work from home ...
If you don't have access to another office space to work on things like industry research and online training, you might need to take care of those job responsibilities from home.
The good news is that allows you to claim the home office deduction!
A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write-offs.
You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.
Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.
Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.
It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.
Your Comcast bill is a tax write-off. You need internet to do your job!