Tax Deductions Bloggers Should Be Aware Of

Get the most out of your tax return

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If you make money from your blog and you live in the United States, you must claim that income on your tax return every year. But, there are deductions you can take as a blogger to lower your tax liability, particularly if it's your sole source of income. Other deductions exist for bloggers who work out of their own homes. While it's always best to seek the advice of a tax professional to ensure you qualify for any and all deductions based on your individual tax situation, the following is a list of deductions you should be aware of as you prepare your tax return.

Generally, you're allowed to deduct expenses considered reasonable and necessary to your profession, according to Turbo Tax. If you work from home, you may be able to deduct some of your household expenses as well, including rent and utilities. But, the IRS won't allow the deductions if your blogging is classified as a hobby.

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Internet-Related Expenses

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As a blogger, you may be able to deduct a portion of your internet-related expenses, including:

  • Hosting fees
  • Domain name registration fees
  • Internet access fees
  • Blogging software fees
  • Image or music downloads
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Computer Equipment

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You may be able to deduct:

  • Your computer
  • Upgrades, like new RAM chips or GPUs
  • A laptop computer
  • A wireless router
  • A new keyboard, mouse, and monitor
  • Software (for example, photo editing software, accounting software, tax preparation software, etc.)
  • A web camera
  • A digital camera
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Communications-Related Expenses

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Many of the communications-related equipment and tools you use to run your blog could be deductible, including:

  • A second phone line for your business or fax machine
  • A fax machine
  • Cellphone calls
  • Long-distance calls
  • Your smartphone
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Office Equipment

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Traditional office items can be deductible, such as:

  • Your desk
  • Chairs
  • Lights
  • File cabinets
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Supplies and Stationery

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Little supplies can add up quickly. Keep track of the receipts, as these items may be deductible:

  • Business cards
  • Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • Paper clips
  • Staplers and staples
  • Paper
  • Post-its
  • Folders
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Advertising, Promotion, and Design

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Most bloggers invest in design, advertising, or promotions each year. Remember to deduct applicable expenses such as:

  • Blog design (custom blog, header)
  • Advertising design
  • Logo, letterhead design
  • Advertising placement
  • Contest prizes
  • Promotional giveaways 
  • Paid site submissions
  • Search engine optimization services
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Travel and Entertainment

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If you attend blogging conferences or meetings, you can most likely deduct some of the following expenses:

  • Conference fees
  • Hotel charges while away on business related to your blog
  • Dining charges while away on business related to your blog
  • Entertainment for clients you take out related to your blog
  • Transportation when it relates to business for your blog
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Professional Association Memberships and Periodicals

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Many bloggers belong to professional associations related to their site's topic or to blogging itself. Professional dues may be deductible. Similarly, periodicals and books you purchase to help you learn and grow could be deductible, along with professional website memberships.

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Office Space and Related Expenses

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If you conduct your blogging business out of your home, you may be able to deduct the rent for your office space from your tax return. Alternatively, if you work from your home, you may be able to deduct a portion of your household bills for that space if you use it solely to conduct your blogging business. Expenses in this category could include:

  • Rent
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Natural gas
  • Security
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Miscellaneous Other Expenses

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There is a multitude of little out-of-pocket expenses you may be able to deduct as a blogger. Consider deductions for the following as you prepare your tax return:

  • Costs to reuse photos or images owned by another person or entity
  • Headshots used on your blog, website, or marketing materials
  • Postage
  • A post office box if you use one solely for your blogging business
  • A safety deposit box if you use one solely for your blogging business
  • Fees for professional services such as a lawyer or accountant