Freelance designer? 21 tax write offs not to miss!

Let's be honest, there are lots of perks to making your schedule as a freelance designer, but taxes aren't one of them.

Software

Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud - whatever you use for your craft.

Notebooks, pencils

Notebooks, sketchpads, pens, pencils, paper, stencils, paperclips galore!

Electronics

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

Website expenses

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

Conferences & classes

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

Creative Assistance Costs

If you need to hire an editor, designer, or set assistance to help you, write it off!

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive to meet with a client, to coffee with a coworker, or a conference -- 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 do at least some of your design work from a dedicated home workstation, you get 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.

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 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 ...
Anytime you need to travel more than 100 miles (about 2 hours by car) for a client meeting, that counts are business travel.
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.