Tax season is upon us and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to gather up all your documents and receipts from the past year and get organized so you can maximize your tax return. Since I’m a blogger, I’ve began preparing any expenses I may have occurred from my blog last year and deduct them on my taxes.
While I was preparing my expenses and gathering together other tax documents, I started putting together a list of possible tax deductions for bloggers. To maximize your tax return here are some possible tax deductions:
1. Annual Domain Registration expenses
2. Annual Web-hosting expenses
3. Internet expense
4. Website design expenses
5. Smartphone data usage expense
6. Website templates you paid for
7. Business phone expense
8. Design & Publishing Software you purchased to use on your blog (Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc.)
9. Financial & Accounting Software you paid for and used related to your blog (Freshbooks, etc.)
10. Office Equipment expenses. These could include:
- Laptop / Desktop Computer
- Keyboard / Mouse
- Filing Cabinet
- Pens & Paper Clips
- Printer Paper
- Business Checks
11. Business Cards expense
12. Images you paid to use on your blog
13. Advertising, Marketing, and Promotional expenses
14. Paid for SEO Services
15. The cost of Postage (stamps, other postage fees)
16. The cost of any Giveaways or Prizes you did on your blog
17. P.O. Box expense
18. Transportation expenses
19. Business Dinners
19. Business Travel expenses (hotel, flight, etc.)
20. Professional Magazine Subscriptions
30. Clubs and/or Professional Organization expenses (membership fees)
31. Research sites you pay to use
32. Staff Writers you hire or outsource work to
33. Virtual Assistants expense
34. Legal expenses (LLC or other business entity fees, legal documents, etc.)
35. Trademark expenses
36. Conventions and/or Conferences that you attend
These are some “possible” tax deductions bloggers can use when filing their taxes. This is by no means a complete list of tax deductions. If I think of any more I’ll add them to the list.
If you know of any tax deductions bloggers can take that are not already listed, let us know!
(I’m not a tax professional, and before using any information on this website you should consult with a certified personal accountant or other tax professional.)
My friends at blogging.org also have a great detailed guide called How to Make Money Blogging: From Start to Business… you can check out!
Author: Tyler DeBroux
Tyler started Oddball Wealth towards the end of 2014 after graduating college, as a way to stay relevant in his area of study, stimulate his mind, and to educate and help others.
Tyler has worked in the financial services industry, as a financial advisor, helping his clients make wise financial decisions and personalized long-term financial plans. Since graduating college in December of 2014, Tyler has paid off more than $15,000 in student loan debt and counting, his goal is to have all his student loans paid in full by the in of 2016.
Tyler is an entrepreneur and an expert in personal finance. Two of his many hobbies include investing and building online businesses. He is also a big advocate of early retirement and an aggressive saver, who utilizes any financial resources and tools available to him to help reach his goals for achieving financial independents.