Want a no hassle, easy, FREE way to do your taxes? Look no further. Yes, its that time again! Tax Season is upon us and lets face it, no one really loves paying taxes or going through the process of filing them. I am by no means a professional on taxes, but I will share with you a few tips that help keep me organized and make filing my taxes a breeze!
Here are my Tax Tips for Bloggers: First off, start NOW for next year! Last year around this time, I created a simple spreadsheet (I will tell you more about this later) that I used for keeping track of my blogging income and expenses. If you earn over $400 in net profit (income minus expenses) from your blog, you need to file self employment taxes. If you are one of the lucky ones that fit in this category, you will need to track your income and expenses for the year. Keep in mind, no receipt = no expense. Make sure you keep proper documentation of everything.
This where my trusty spreadsheet comes in handy. It has a space for all of my income categories, expense categories and a place for descriptions/notes, so I can track each expense/income. I highly suggest setting this up so that you can easily few each month of the year. It is also important to be informed of what an “expense” really is in relation to what you can “deduct” from your taxes. You wan to make sure each expense you are recording is appropriate. Here are a few examples:
Home Office: If you use part of your home as an office, you can deduct part of your mortgage interest, utilities (electricity, internet, phone), computer costs, etc that are used for your blog
Supplies: Supplies used in blog posts, photo props, office supplies, software, camera, etc
Advertising/Maintenance: Ads on other blogs, business cards, site design, maintenance, hosting, etc
Continuing Education: Books, e-books, conference fees, travel/expenses for conference, online courses
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