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 attend conferences or training sessions, you can write off some of your related expenses.
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 your own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of its 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.
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? Your 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 ...
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...
Transportation

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

Lodging

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!