The following list of items should be of help to prepare for a good income tax result for Photography, Graphic Design and many other Freelance businesses.

  • Your mileage on all work related travel for purchases, deliveries, photo shoots, if you  purchased items to re-touch a person (such as make up, hair dressing etc) items are deductible.

  • Advertising, promotional gifts,  

  • Did  you hire help?  ..the most you can deduct without issuing a 1099 is $600.00 (on an assistant, help , etc)

  • Camera, lenses, and accessories, back drop, lights, cables bulbs, stands,.

  • Working out of home?...get sq footage of your home.

  • Have you obtained a loan for your business in which you pay interest?

  • Legal and professional services, such as notarized business documents, filing of permits, obtaining an entity “name” ( fictitious name  filing in news paper)

  • Office expenses, such as: pens, paper, printing, computer supplies, repairs, staples, rubber bands, paper clips...etc

  • Repairs and maintenance of your equipment.

  • Rental of equipment.

  • Supplies taxes and licenses

  • Travel, meals, lodging and entertainment….networking expenses.

  • Utilities if renting office or using home.

  • Cell/ phones, internet. parking.

  • Educational, seminars, workshops, research.


10 Important Deductible Expenses - For Freelancers

  • All Marketing and Promotion on shows and presentations.
  • Booth design expenses, all fees to set up and remove, parking, permits, materials.
  • Staying at a hotel? Hotel expenses are deductible when used for business.
  • Promotional gifts to clients, suppliers, contractors etc.
  • Travel and transportation, plane tickets, car car rental, entertainment and research.
  • Meals to crew, assistants, clients and business meetings, purchased b you.
  • Camp, conventions, seminars, cable and internet for webinars and research.
  • Home office space used for business, rent, mortgage, utilities and keep up.
  • Work equipment and supplies, software, camera, computer, phone, fax, paper and ink, accessories and repairs.
  • Mileage or  Auto expenses.