30 Tax Write-Offs for Actors

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Let’s face it, acting is a grueling job. While you probably wouldn’t trade it for the world, the long hours and shifting schedules can easily leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Who has time after that to figure out your taxes?

That’s why we’ve taken the guesswork out. Here, we break down all the expenses you can write off as an actor — saving you money, and freeing up more time to practice your lines.

Get ready to yell "Cut!" at your tax bill, because this gig’s been wrapped.

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Beauty services
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

You can write off makeup, nail, haircare services if they're required for a gig.

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Coaching & classes
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Enhancing and learning new skills through acting or modeling classes is deductible.

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Agency commissions
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 10

Commission fees you pay for agency representation are fully deductible.

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Camera equipment
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Any equipment you use to shoot promotional tapes, portraits, and more can be written off.

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Headshots
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 8

Getting professional headshots done to book acting and model gigs can be written off.

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Union dues
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

If you belong to a union, go ahead and write off your dues.

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Website & hosting fees
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 8

Squarespace, Wix, GoDaddy, and other website service fees are fully tax-deductible.

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Professional photos
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 11

Hiring a photographer to take professional photos for your portfolio can be deducted.

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Costumes & accessories
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Costumes for photoshoots, dance performances, or acting gigs are write-offs.

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Phone, laptop, accessories
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

If buy a phone or laptop and use it for work, it's partially deductible.

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Educational books
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Educational books to increase your knowledge and skills are tax write-offs.

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Office supplies
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

Deduct anything you buy for your office, like pens, binders, folders, printer ink, or a whiteboard.

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Self-promotional materials
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 8

Audition tapes, portfolios, business cards: write off anything you use to promote yourself.

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Performance tickets
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

For you, seeing a show counts as research. Study up and write it off!

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Social media tools
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

Write off the tools you use to create assets, schedule posts, or pull analytics.

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If you drive for work ...

If you drive to auditions, acting classes, or to meetings with your agent, go ahead and write off your car expenses.

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Parking
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

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

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Tolls
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax-deductible!

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Car purchase & depreciation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 13

If you buy a new car, you can write off part of the cost every year for five years.

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Vehicle tool kit
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Flashlights, tire iron, duct tape, and other tools you may need in your vehicle are deductible.

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Car insurance & registration
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

Car insurance monthly fees, registration, even roadside assistance are partially deductible.

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Car maintenance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 9

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.

If you discuss work at a restaurant ...

Networking is likely a big part of your job as an actor.Luckily, grabbing food or drinks with agents, clients, lawyers, or coaches all count as business meals you can write off.

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Business meals
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24b

If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!

If you leave town for work ...

"Have headshot, will travel." Sound familiar?

Even if you live in a media hub like Los Angeles or New York City, you'll likely still find yourself traveling for on-location shoots, meetings with out-of-town clients, or non-local auditions. These are all travel expenses that can be claimed on your taxes.

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Transportation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

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

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Travel lodging
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

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

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Meals while traveling
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

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

If you work from home ...

As a freelance actor, you probably do just as much work at home as in front of the camera. Such as recording auditions, developing branding and marketing materials, and taking care of administrative work.

Don't forget to write off your home office expenses!

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Home office furniture
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

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

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Property repairs
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 21

You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.

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Power bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

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

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Property insurance
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.

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Water bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

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Wi-Fi bill
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 25

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