23 tax write offs for independent consultants šŸ¤

It takes a lot of hustle and grit to make good money as an independent consultant. While the work may keep you busy organizing everyone else's projects, don't miss out on the tax deductions you can claim!

Conferences & classes

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

Website expenses

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

Phone & accessories

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

Phone bill

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

Legal fees

If you've had to set up an LLC or have other legal fees for work, that's tax deductible.

Labor costs

If you employ people that help yourā€ˆbusiness, that's tax deductible!

Business cards

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

Productivity software

Lead generation software, like CRM or marketing automation software, is tax deductible.

Industry education

Online courses, summits, membership site subscriptions, workshops, etc are tax deductible!

Online Advertising

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

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive to meet with clients, grab coffee with coworkers, or on the way to industry events, you can claim car-related 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

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 you own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of it's value!

If you work from home ...
If you have a designated home office, you can write off many expenses related to bills and the home space.
Note: you don't need to work from a separate room to claim these write offs.Ā A dedicated desk is sufficient. Learn more
Home office furniture

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

Wifi bill

Your comcast 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 IRSĀ 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 ...
Anytime you travel a bit further for a conference, meeting a client or other business related reason, you can deduct a portion of those expenses.
Transportation

Planes, trains and automobiles are all work travel costs that can be written off.

Lodging

When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.

Meals while traveling

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

Note: at Keeper, we care about saving you money on taxes. That leads us to generalize tax advice that isn't always so simple. Everyone's situation is different. Please drop a note below or reach out via email if you have questions.