26 tax write offs for freelance photographers 📸

It's not easy making a living taking photos. Finding clients takes hustle, and keeping them takes grit. So don't give away your hard-earned money to the IRS. Here's a list of every purchase you should be claiming as a write off on taxes.

Photography equipment

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

Creative and Editing Software

Write off any software you use for video and photo editing or content creation.

Online Advertising

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

Print Advertising

Write-off any expenses for promoting your business with print advertising.

Electronics

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

Studio Expenses

If you don't work from home, write off related studio expenses such as rent and bills.

Creative Assistance Costs

If you need to hire an editor, designer, or set assistance to help you, write it off!

Business cards

Business cards & brochures are a marketing costs that can fully written off on taxes.

Conferences & classes

Conferences and classes that help you keep up with the industry are tax deductible.

Data Storage

Storage to handle heavy digital files (business related) such as Dropbox or a hard drive.

Phone & accessories

If you use your phone for work (who doesn't?) then it's partially deductible.

Meals for work

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

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If you drive for work ...
If you drive to meet clients, attend business events, or on the way to photo-shoot sites, you can claim car expense tax write offs. It's easier than tracking your miles and generally gets you a bigger tax break.

🤓 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 part of your home is dedicated to business, such as an in-home office or studio, then you can claim home office deductions.

🤓 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 ...
Anytime you need to travel more than 100 miles (about 2 hours by car) away from home for a client meeting, photo shoot, or conference, that counts as business travel!
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.