23 tax write offs for independent massage therapists 💆

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!

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.

Website expenses

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

Meals for work

If you discuss work with a coworker, client, or even a friend, it's a write off!

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.

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

🤓 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 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.
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.