23 Tax Write-Offs for Tutors in 2022

Ever wondered if becoming a tutor was a viable career? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says tutoring jobs should grow by 14%. What's even better is that self-employed tutors will be half of that growth rate! So if you decide to become a tutor, consider being self-employed or an independent contractor.

As a self-employed tutor, that means you'll need to buy equipment and materials. Unfortunately, you’ll be paying out-of-pocket as you won’t have an employer to reimburse you. Since these are necessary and ordinary purchases for tutoring, they are tax write-offs. In other words, they’re tax deductions that you can claim when filing taxes. To help you, we've compiled some of the common expenses for self-employed tutors!

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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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?

If you’re an online tutor or run your tutoring business from home, you’ll want a dedicated business space to claim these home office deductions. It doesn’t have to be a large room—even a small desk works!

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Office Furniture & Equipment

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

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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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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?

As a home tutor, you may see yourself driving from client to client, or driving to your client’s house. Since you’re driving for business purposes, track these actual car expenses if you don’t plan to use the standard mileage deduction.

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.

Travel for Work?

Sometimes there may be events that require you to travel away from home, such as a workshop to improve your teaching methods. Here are some tax write-offs when traveling out of town for business purposes.

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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

Staying at hotels and Airbnb rentals are tax deductible.

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