17 tax write offs for freelance developers 👨‍💻

As a freelancer there are many different tax forms you will have to keep track of, but don't miss your chance to write off all your expenses and get some of that cash back! We wanted to help out, so here is a list of the possibile write-offs you can claim. Need a hand keeping track? Get in touch with Keeper!

Electronics

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

Hardware and Software

Write-off any hardware and software resources you need to do your job!

Office supplies

Office-related purchases like stationery, photocopies, and monitors are tax deductible.

Part of your rent

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

Mortgage Interest

When your income comes from renting part of your house, write off the mortgage interest!

Online Advertising

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

Business cards

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

Power bill

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

Phone bill

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

Health insurance

If you are self-employed, you can write off your medical and dental insurance coverage.

Conferences & classes

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

Data Storage

Storage to handle heavy digital files (business related) such as Dropbox or a hard drive.

Wifi bill

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

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If you drive for work ...
If you ever need to drive to meet with clients, attend a seminar, or pick up some equiptment, well then write off that driving time!

🤓 Pro Tip: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 development from a home workstation, you're eligible to claim home office deductions!

🤓 Pro Tip: 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 leave town for work ...
If you need to venture a bit further to meet a client or attend a business-related event, then go ahead and write off 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.