Let’s face it; no one is ever thrilled when tax season rolls around (unless they’re a CPA and totally geek out over taxes as I do). We are, however, always thrilled about saving money. Amiright?
As a blogger, you may be entitled to more tax deductions than you realize. Don’t miss out on any tax deductible expenses for bloggers that you are entitled to.
It goes without saying that you need to hold onto your receipts for anything you claim as a business expense.
While you don’t need receipts to file your taxes, if you ever get audited (knock on wood) you want your finances to be airtight. Don’t let the IRS poke holes in what you’ve claimed as deductible.
Disclosure: This is general advice, and you should seek help from your own professional as situations can vary. Please note this post contains affiliate links.
As a general rule of thumb, you can expense just about any costs you incur as long as those costs are expected to help generate income in the future.
Here are 101 tax deductible expenses for bloggers
- Niche books, Kindle edition or audio (or other educational material)
- Marketing and business strategy books, Kindle edition or audio (or other educational material)
- Movie or theater tickets, if related to your blog (ie you blog about movies)
- Magazine subscriptions (related to your blog)
- Research sites that require a subscription (Buzzsumo, SEMrush, etc)
- Education or other courses (including online courses)
- Business podcasts
- Professional or business membership dues (for me this is my CPA)
- Public internet fees (Internet café’s, airports etc)
- Stock photography (Shutterstock, etc)
- SEO services and consulting
- Email service provider (MailChimp, Convertkit, etc)
- Website theme
- Website hosting fees (Bluehost)
- Website design
- Website maintenance fess
- Website templates
- Domain name cost and renewals (Namecheap, Bluehost, etc)
- Other website costs (e.g. plugins)
- Film & Digital cameras (if part of your strategy includes visual content creation)
- Digital memory cards
- Keyword search tool
- Google apps subscription for custom email
- Photo printouts, pamphlets, other marketing material
- Film & film processing (cost of videographer)
- Printer ink and copier toner
- Long distance charges related to business
- Scanner, printer, and copier
- Cell phone expenses (bills, equipment, accessories)
- Voice recorders
- Business equipment rental
- Computer equipment & other hardware (new ergonomic keyboard much?)
- Computer upgrades (new RAM, etc)
- Depreciation costs of computer equipment (if you’re confused by this one, it’s a number your accountant will give you)
- Cloud storage (iCloud, Dropbox, etc)
- Data storage (external hard drives)
- Business-related software (Microsoft Office, Adobe, Picmonkey, Evernote, etc)
- Appointment scheduling and management software (Acuity)
- Tax software (Turbotax, etc)
- Accounting software (Quickbooks, Zero, etc)
- Anti-virus and anti-spam software
- Unpaid invoices (did work for someone and you get stiffed on the bill? you can write off that loss)
- Outsourcing to other bloggers, virtual assistants, and freelancers (Fiverr included)
- Tax preparation fees
- Cost of hiring an accountant
- Business incorporation costs
- Trademarks or Copyrights
- Business logos and graphic design
- Business cards, letterhead and other stationery (Vistaprint and even stuff you print yourself)
- Office supplies (everything from paper to paper clips)
- Home office expenses. You can deduct the part of your home you use exclusively for blogging, including a portion of the rent, water, heating bills, insurance, electricity and so on. BUT in order to be eligible the home office needs to be in a separate room of your home and used ONLY for your business (ie a desk in your living room doesn’t qualify)
- Facebook Ads
- Pinterest Ads
- Instagram Ads
- Any other social media Ads
- Social Media management tools (Tailwind, Hootsuite, Buffer, etc)
- Retargeting costs (Perfect Audience)
- Funnel building services (Clickfunnels, Leadpages, etc)
- Online course hosting service (Thinkific)
- Trade show and conference fees
- Any other advertising costs (newspapers, stickers, posters, postcards etc)
- Professional photography fees (e.g. headshots, pack shots etc)
- Photocopying/faxing fees
- Transportation costs: car mileage; airline tickets; taxis; buses; trains (only if this is incurred for business purposes; in other words, airfare to attend a conference qualifies but driving to your friend’s beach house does not)
- Highway tolls (same as above; only if the tolls and driving was work related)
- Parking fees (same as above)
- Hotel costs for business trips, conference, seminars, etc
- Cleaning & laundering services when traveling for business
- Cost of conference attendance
- Computer equipment insurance
- Food and drink purchased on business trips
- Client entertainment (be reasonable…not sure you’ll get away with Strip Club deductions; be sure to mark down on your receipt who you met with and the business purpose of the meeting)
- Postage costs (Stamps.com is ideal for keeping track of postage, and the service itself is tax-deductible)
- PayPal, Stripe and Western Union fees
- P.O. Box
- Safe Deposit Box
- Cost of products purchased for review posts
- Self-storage fees
- Legal advice
- Tax advice
- Other professional, consulting or coaching services
- Prizes and giveaways
- Business furniture (chair, filing cabinet, desk, etc)
- Business functions. If you hold a little get-together for clients, even just one or two, then everything from the rental of the room (or golf course…know what I mean?) to food and drink can be deducted
- Props (for photo shoots, etc)
- Job search expenses. Any money you spend trying to get work, from postage to travel, is a deductible expense.
- Any losses due to theft
- Home improvements. Turned the basement into a home office? Those expenses are deductible as long as you only include the cost of improving the office portion of your home. Sorry a soaker tub in the master bedroom won’t fly with the IRS
- Clothing and accessories. If you have to buy any clothing for a particular job (maybe you needed protective clothing & headwear to write an article about a building site) then those costs are also deductible. But don’t try and write off your new Gucci watch.
- Banking fees
- Business gifts
- Credit card fees
- Credit card interest
- Business loan interest
- Medical costs. If you’ve received written notice from a doctor that you need some kind of massage, therapy, equipment, etc due to a work-related symptom or injury you can expense those costs. For example, costs associated with treating Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
- Wages. Say you pay your kid $20 a month to empty your office trash can, maybe as a way to earn an allowance. Well, you can deduct that expense.
- Your dog. No kidding, if you can prove it’s a guard dog and is protecting your equipment, you can write-off the doggie expenses.
- Buying articles or cost of sponsored posts
The list is long, but even if only 25% of it applies to you, it could add up to a nice chunk of cash back in your pocket.
It seems intimidating to look at but filing your business taxes is much easier than it seems.
Personally, I think it is good for a business owner to have an understanding and some ownership over the numbers.
Most bloggers cringe at that thought but understanding your taxes could really help you run your business more effectively and save a ton of money.
And yes, this is coming from a CPA who already understands and is comfortable with taxes…
But I’ve helped countless clients take ownership of their taxes and they’ve all been glad they no longer avoid taxes like the plague.
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Question is, what do you have to lose?
If you’re interested in learning more about your taxes, check out:
- 7 unusual tax deductions that could save you money
- How to avoid taxes like a millionaire
- The ugly truth about the 401(k)
Do you know any other tax-deductible expenses for bloggers? Please share by leaving a comment below.