Freelance journalist? Don't miss these 19 tax write offs!

Most of us don't write for the money, but overpaying on taxes is just salting on the wound! Use the list below to make sure you're not leaving money on the table when the tax man knocks.

Research materials

If you write about ancient Greece and buy an urn, it's deductible! (and weird)

Phone bill

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

Electronics

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

Industry education

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

Website expenses

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

Email software

Costs for email services like Mailchimp are a tax deductible marketing expense.

Software

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

Contractors

If you're lucky enough to be able to afford designers or researchers, it's deductible!

Legal fees

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

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive to meet with someone for research, to grab a coffee with a coworker, or to 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 write (even occasionally) from a dedicated workstation in your home or apartment, you can claim the home office deduction. A lot of people miss this, but it's a completely legitimate work expense. Just don't try to claim that your living room couch or bed is a dedicated workstation!
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 conference, meeting, or research, 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.