23 tax write offs for independent writers ✍️

If you have been contracted as a freelance writer for a project, and receive a 1099, you will have to file your project income this tax season. It may seem a little daunting needing to calculate every expense, then be asked to pay taxes, but Keeper is here to help. Start by having a look below at the easy tax write-offs you may be missing! If you start tracking these you will see much of that money come right back.

Creative Assistance Costs

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

Writing Software

Word and other editing software are 100% necessary for your job, write it off!

Dues & Subscriptions

Pay to be a member of any writers organizations? Write off that annual fee.

Relevant Books

Write off any books that help you manage your business or that are relevant to your field!

Electronics

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

Website expenses

Website hosting fees, plugins, stock photos, and themes are tax deductible!

Phone bill

Your monthly phone bills are expensive! Good thing the cost is partially deductible.

Online Advertising

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

Legal fees

If you've had to set up an LLC or have other legal fees for work, that's tax deductible.

Health insurance

If you are self-employed, you can write off your medical and dental insurance coverage.

Transaction Fees

If PayPal or another payment method charged a fee for buying your book, write it off!

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.

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If you drive for work ...
If you are driving to meet with clients for to research a current project, be it right downtown or a bit further, you can deduct some of those driving 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 you own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of it's value!

If you work from home ...
As a freelancer writer, more often than not you will be using a part of your home as a designated workspace. Luckily enough, almost all expenses related to this home office can be completely or partially deducted!
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.

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 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 ...
While courses and conferences can be written off, you can also write off related travel expenses. Go ahead and include these also if you need to travel a bit further to meet clients.
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.