12 tax write offs for online teachers 👩‍🏫

Online teaching is new and flexible way to make money on your own schedule! Online teachers, specifically those who are independent contractors working for companies in other countries, are often left out of tax prep programs, but not here at Keeper. Many of your everyday expenses are tax deductible!

Educational Props

Props you use to make class more exciting and easy to understand are deductible!

Student Reward System

Rewards systems, which are created for our students, are very much tax write-offs.

Classroom Decor

ESL companies require teachers to have a decorated classroom which is our home office.

Electronics

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

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.

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive a car to

🤓 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 do at least some of your work from a dedicated home workstation, don't forget to claim home office write offs.

🤓 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 ...
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.