24 Tax Write-Offs for Freelance Writers in 2022

When writing for work, you’ll most likely be paying for expensive but helpful online writing tools like Grammarly or Hemingway. Thankfully, they are considered write-offs as they’re used for business purposes. What’s even better is that we also found other write-offs for freelance writers that you can claim on your taxes!

General Expenses

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Advertising

All expenses related to the design and marketing of your business are tax deductible such as online ads, billboards, and business cards.

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Bank Fees

Service fees paid to the bank through your business bank account related to operating your business are tax deductible.

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Legal & Professional Services

Legal fees from your accountant or attorney directly related to operating your business are tax deductible.

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Membership & Service Fees

Fees related to an organization or service used to find or conduct business are tax deductible.

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Phone & Service

If you use your phone for work, the purchase and monthly bill are tax deductible.

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Phone Accessories

Accessories for your work phone, such as USB charging cables, are tax deductible.

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Professional Development

Fees for conferences, seminars, and professional events are tax deductible.

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Software Subscriptions

Monthly or annual subscription fees for computer software or apps related to your job or business are tax deductible.

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Supplies & Materials

Supplies you buy for the office and materials used for work are tax deductible (paper, printer ink, wood, nails, etc.).

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Tools & Equipment

Standard business equipment and tools used for work are tax deductible.

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Work from Home?

Having a dedicated office space for business purposes, like writing or having meetings with clients, is very beneficial. If you have a small office or desk used exclusively for work, here are some tax write-offs.

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Office Maintenance & Improvements

Expenses related to maintaining and improving your office space are tax deductible. For example, floor repairs or repainting the office room walls.

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Office Furniture & Equipment

You can deduct necessary furniture and equipment used to run your business.

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Rent

A part of your house rent is tax deductible if it’s used only for business purposes.

Utilities

Business expenses for electricity, water, heating, waste, and internet are all tax deductible.

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Website Fees

The cost of running your business’ website is tax deductible. This includes website hosting and domain fees.

Drive for Work?

If you’re meeting with clients to discuss business matters like upcoming projects, track these actual car expenses to maximize your tax deductions!

Gas

Gas for your business vehicle is tax deductible.

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License & Registration Fees

License and registration fees required to drive your business vehicle are tax deductible.

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Parking & Tolls

Business-related parking and toll fees are both tax-deductible expenses. However, parking fees paid to park at your workplace are not deductible.

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Roadside Assistance

Roadside assistance expenses are tax deductible. If you have a roadside assistance plan, it’s tax-deductible if your insurance plan doesn’t include it.

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Vehicle Insurance

The insurance cost for your business vehicle is tax deductible.

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Vehicle Maintenance

Repairs and costs to maintain your business vehicle are tax deductible.

Meeting Others or Traveling for Work?

Sometimes you’ll be traveling out of town as a freelance writer for business purposes. Events where you can improve your writing skills or meet with potential clients, come with certain write-offs.

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Business Meals

You can deduct half the cost of meals with clients and meals purchased while out of town on business trips.

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Business Travel

Transportation and accommodation expenses when traveling for work are tax deductible.

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Lodging

The cost of staying at hotels and rental properties (like Airbnb) is tax deductible.

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