21 Tax Write-Offs for Freelance Pharmacy Techs

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Here’s a tough pill to swallow: as a freelance pharmacy tech, your taxes are higher than if you were traditionally employed. But let’s make that medicine go down a little easier, by telling you an easy way to cut that bill down — write-offs!

By claiming all the ordinary business expenses you encounter every day, you can reduce how much you’ll pay the IRS. And we’ve made it even easier, by counting out all the best write-offs for pharmacy techs. Now that’s a prescription worth filling!

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Licensing fees
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 23

Fees to get or renew your license to perform your work are fully deductible.

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Continuing education classes
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Continuing education class required to keep your job are fully deductible.

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Uniform upkeep
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Repairs, dry cleaning, or alternations for your uniform are tax-deductible.

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Professional membership fees
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

If you belong to any professional organizations, you can write off the dues.

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Medical supplies
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Medical supplies, like stethoscopes, PPE, and more, can be written off.

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If you drive for work ...

Driving around for work, like attending a seminar or picking up office supplies, allows you to claim car-related expenses on your taxes.

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Parking
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Parking for a meeting downtown, or any other work trip, is tax-deductible!

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Tolls
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

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

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Car purchase & depreciation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 13

If you buy a new car, you can write off part of the cost every year for five years.

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Vehicle tool kit
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Flashlights, tire iron, duct tape, and other tools you may need in your vehicle are deductible.

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Car insurance & registration
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

Car insurance monthly fees, registration, even roadside assistance are partially deductible.

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Car maintenance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 9

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.

If you discuss work at a restaurant ...

Meeting pharmaceutical representatives, patients, doctors, or fellow techs to talk about work over a meal is considered a deductible business expense.

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Business meals
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24b

If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!

If you leave town for work ...

As a self-employed pharmacy tech, you can claim your business travel deductions on your Schedule C. So if you head out of town to attend an industry conference, take a work meeting, or work a gig, track your transportation and lodging costs.

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Transportation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

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

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Travel lodging
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.

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Meals while traveling
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

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

If you work from home ...

Laughter might be the best medicine — but tax savings don't hurt either!

If you attend virtual meetings from home or take care of other tasks like industry research and client paperwork from a designated workspace, you can write off home office expenses.

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Home office furniture
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write-offs.

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Property repairs
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 21

You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.

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Power bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.

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Property insurance
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.

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Water bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

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Wi-Fi bill
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 25

Your Comcast bill is a tax write-off. You need internet to do your job!