23 tax write offs for independent massage therapists đź’†

Whether you've set up your own practice, or just get paid as a 1099 contractor, being independent comes with a lot of tax savings opportunities. Things you pay for are considered tax write offs, even if you also use them outside of work. Mastering the rules can make a huge impact to your bottom line, so that you can give away less of your hard-earned income to Uncle Sam.

Training & certification

Massage therapy school, certification, and renewal fees, are continued education expenses!

Oils & lotions

Any oils, lotions, incense, or candles you've purchased for your work are tax write offs!

Massage studio space

If you rent a studio or a room at a spa, those costs are tax deductible!

Association fees

Association membership fees, such as for AMTA, are important tax deductible expenses!

Massage furniture

Massage tables, chairs, towels and other equipment are all tax deductible expenses!

Phone & accessories

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

Phone bill

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

Legal fees

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

Online Advertising

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

Music streaming app

If you pay for a streaming service and play music for your clients, that's a write off!

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive a car to get to clients or different spas, you can claim car related tax 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 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 for a meeting downtown or other work trip is tax-deductible!


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

Vehicle depreciation

If you drive your own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of its value!

If you work from home ...
If you've set up a mini-studio in your home or apartment, you'll be able to claim the home office deduction.
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.

Wi-Fi bill

Your Wi-Fi 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 travel out of town for conferences or events, you can business travel expenses. Just make sure the trip takes you more than about 100 miles from home.
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

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


When you travel for work, lodging expenses like hotel rooms and Airbnbs are write-offs.

Meals while traveling

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