19 tax write offs for independent actors 🎭

As an independent actor, you can deduct everything needed for a show or film, and promoting yourself as well as some research costs. It's basically getting money back at the end of the year, so have a look. Need help tracking all of them? That's where we come in, we will track all your deductible expenses for you!

Self Promotion Material

Audition tapes, portfolios, business cards. Write off anything used to promote yourself.

Performance Tickets

Seeing a show or performance counts as research, study up and write it off.

Films & Streaming Accounts

That's right, Netflix is also a write-off! Films are considered research for your job.

Clothing & Costumes

As long as it is not considered suitable for "streetwear" it can be written off!

Performance Make-Up & Hair

Write off beauty supplies or treatments if they were related to a performance.

Agent or Manager Fees

If an agent is helping you find gigs, deduct their fees from your next taxes.

Union Dues

Your regular dues to participate in a union in your field can be written off.

Relevant Books

Write off any books that help you manage your business or that are relevant to your field!

Video Equipment

Videocameras, mics, tripods, lenses, anything used to create content, you can write off.

Photography equipment

Cameras, video camera, lenses, lighting, tripods, used for work are all tax deductible!

Conferences & classes

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

Phone & accessories

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

Electronics

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

Office supplies

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

Online Advertising

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

Phone bill

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

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If you drive for work ...
Of course you will sometimes need to drive to meet clients, reach a rehearsal, performance, or shooting, well, write it all off!
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 administrative work from a dedicated workstation at home, don't forget to claim home office deductions!
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 ...
If you traveled to attend a conference or class, meet a client, attend an audition or be a part of a performance, write off those travel 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.