If you have a blog, you are a blogger. If you earn any amount of income from your blog–whether through affiliate links, paid ads, ad networks, sponsored posts, etc.– you are required to file taxes. Don’t stress. These tax tips are simple. And whether you have an online or a brick and mortar business–filing taxes is just a part of being a business owner.
**I am not an accountant or financial expert. I am sharing these tips on a personal level. I suggest you consult with a reputable accountant and have all of your questions answered by a for-real professional.
I remember hearing people say for years that “If you don’t make over $600, you don’t have to worry about it.”
If you don’t earn a minimum of $600 from one company, they may not liable to give you a 1099.
But YOU as the earnER are liable to report it.
ALLLLLL earnings, y’all.
If have earnings from an affiliate account, you claim it.
If you sell ads on your blog, you claim it.
If you write a sponsored post, you claim it.
If you receive products for review, you claim it. What?! Yes. You are to claim the value of the products received. The end.
Bottom line–if you make it, you claim it.
Do people find loopholes? Of course. Hence, our country is in the state it is in.
Hello? Debt. People are always looking for an easy way out. And avoiding taxes is at the top of many lists.
No worries–I’m not going there. Yet.
But as an entrepreneur, your goal should be to succeed.
And in America, with success comes taxes.
It’s just how it is. Federal and state, unless you live in one of these states.
What deductions can bloggers take on taxes?
If you spend money on your business/blog, part of these expenses can be deducted.
**Let me re-emphasize: I AM NOT AN ACCOUNTANT OR FINANCIAL EXPERT. I’m just typing this post and you are reading it. It’s like we are just sitting around, having a nice, little chit-chat, ok? Okay.
(refilling your sweet tea)
Below is a list of common deductions bloggers may take on their taxes:
TAX TIPS FOR BLOGGERS :: DEDUCTIONS
- Your blog design or template
- Business cards
- Purchased ads on other sites
- Photo editors, like PicMonkey
- Blogging related e-courses
- Social media scheduler, like this one
- Blog planner
- Blog conferences or workshops
- Hotel and transportation costs associated with a blogging event
- Supplies for projects or recipes that you use in tutorials on your blog
- Printer, printer paper, toner
- Camera, lens, SD cards
- Customized email signature
- Web hosting
- Domain name fees
- Paypal fees
- Stock photo fees
- Software used in your business, such as inDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office
- Email marketing service
- Accounting fees
- PO Box fees
- Postage fees
- Blog coaching/consulting
There are also allowances for home office space and furniture. But be careful, y’all. The stipulations are strict. Again, this is something a professional accountant can advise you on.
Save your receipts. Let me repeat that.
SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS. Organize them, file them, love them, hate them. Just save them.
They are your “proof” of your expenditures.
You may sit there and think “Well, I don’t have to worry about that. I don’t make any money from my blog.”
You never know where your blog may lead you. And if you start early (aka NOW), you will be that much further ahead come next year at tax time.
And then you can thank me for telling you to SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS. <wink>