Communities are better off thanks to social workers who devote their careers to helping others.
Here at Keeper, we'd like to help make filing self-employment taxes a little simpler! Starting with a list of easy tax write-offs for independent social workers.
From professional membership fees to office supplies — and even the money you spend on gas when you drive to meet clients counts as a business write-off. Keep this list handy the next time you file your taxes, and watch your tax savings grow.
If you drive for work ...
Even if you only use your car once in a while for work, like to meet with a client, attend a court hearing, or pick up office supplies, you can still write off your car expenses.
Parking for a meeting downtown, or any other work trip, is tax-deductible!
A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax-deductible!
Car purchase & depreciation
If you buy a new car, you can write off part of the cost every year for five years.
Flashlights, tire iron, duct tape, and other tools you may need in your vehicle are deductible.
Car insurance & registration
Car insurance monthly fees, registration, even roadside assistance are partially deductible.
Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.
If you discuss work at a restaurant ...
While meetings have increasingly gone virtual, there's still an important place in business for face-to-face interaction. If you meet with an administrator, mentor, or fellow social worker to chat about work-related matters, you can write the cost off as a business expense.
If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!
If you leave town for work ...
Whether you fly, train, or rent a car to travel to a social work conference in another city, you can write off your transportation costs. This also counts for other costs associated with your trip, like lodging.
Planes, trains, and car rentals are all work-related travel costs that can be written off.
When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.
When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax-deductible. Even takeout!
If you work from home ...
As a self-employed social worker, you might work from home on things like industry research, paperwork and emails, and attending virtual meetings.
This qualifies you to claim home office deductions.
A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write-offs.
You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.
Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.
Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.
It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.
Your Comcast bill is a tax write-off. You need internet to do your job!