Do you sell online? Don't miss these 21 tax write offs!

Turns out selling online isn't as easy as people make it sound! The good news? If you do things right on the tax side, you shouldn't owe very much at all. We've put together this master list of tax write offs for online sellers so that you can make sure you're not leaving any money on the table!

Online Advertising

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

Shipping & packaging

Postage, dropshipping fees, and packaging materials are all tax deductible!

Inventory costs

Any inventory costs from product that have been sold are tax deductible!

Card processing fees

The 2.75% (give or take) fee that you pay your payment processors ads up. It's deductible!

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.

Platform commissions

Online seller platforms take an arm and a leg on every sale. You can deduct those costs!

Platform search placements

Sponsored search placements on Amazon, Etsy, etc are deductible advertising expenses!

Materials & equipment

Sell hand-embroidered t-shirts? The cloth, labels and sewing machine are deductible!

Photography equipment

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


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

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive a car for work (even something as simple as going to the post office) -- a portion of all car expenses will be deductible! Note: you can also claim the the standard mileage deduction, but we've found that taking actual expenses saves you more.
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 you own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of it's value!

If you work from home ...
If you do at least some of your work from home from a dedicated workstation, don't forget to claim home office write offs -- a portion will be deductible! Note: you can also claim the home office deduction by taking a square foot multiple, but we've found that taking actual expenses saves you more.
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 client meeting, that counts are business travel.

Planes, trains and automobiles are all work travel costs that can be written off.


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.