19 tax write offs for independent models 🕺

Models can be considered both as runway or in person modeling, as well as brand-promotion models at trades fairs, and individuals being featured in photo shoots or short films. At first glance your modeling career may seem to be all expenses when tax season comes around, but here are some tax write-offs you may not have thought off. Start keeping track of these items and you'll see that money come right back into your pocket!
Creative Assistance Costs

If you need to hire an editor, designer, or set assistance to help you, write it off!

Self Promotion Material

Audition tapes, portfolios, business cards. Write off anything used to promote yourself.

Agency Commisions

Deduct any commision that the agency hiring you takes from every shoot or show.

Beauty Supplies

Make up, hair treatments, or beauty supplies used for work are partially deductible!

Coaching and Class Fees

Any expense from a modeling coach or other relevant training can be written off.

Union Dues

Your regular dues to participate in a union in your field can be written off.

Phone & accessories

If you use your phone for work (who doesn't?) then it's partially deductible.

Phone bill

Your monthly phone bills are expensive! Good thing the cost is partially deductible.

Credit Card Interest

If you use a credit card to purchase business goods, you can write off the interest!

Conferences & classes

Conferences and classes that help you keep up with the industry are tax deductible.

Photography equipment

Cameras, video camera, lenses, lighting, tripods, used for work are all tax deductible!

Video Equipment

Videocameras, mics, tripods, lenses, anything used to create content, you can write off.

Creative and Editing Software

Write off any software you use for video and photo editing or content creation.

If you drive for work ...
No matter the type of modeling you do, it is likely you have to drive a lot back and forth to locations, but don't worry, all those driving costs are deductible!
Gas

Gas is expensive! A portion of your gas station fill ups are tax deductible.

Car maintenance

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax deductible if you drive for work.

Insurance & registration

Car insurance, roadside assistance, registration costs, etc. are all tax deductible.

Parking

Parking for a meeting downtown or other work trip is tax deductible!

Tolls

A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax deductible!

Vehicle depreciation

If you drive you own vehicle, you can write off the annual depreciation of it's value!

If you work from home ...
If you are promoting and handling your projects directly, rather than through an agency, and happen to be working from home then you can deduct a few more items.
Home office furniture

A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write offs.

Wifi bill

Your comcast bill is a tax write off. You need internet to do your job!

Property insurance

Whether rental or homeowner insurance, you can write off a portion as part of home office.

Power bill

Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.

Water bill

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

Part of your rent

Whether you pay rent or own your home, a portion of those expenses are tax deductible.

If you leave town for work ...
Anytime you travel more than 100 miles or are staying somewhere away from home overnight for a modeling show, photoshoot, or other related business event, you can write off nearly all your travel expenses.
Transportation

Planes, trains and automobiles are all work travel costs that can be written off.

Lodging

When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.

Meals while traveling

When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax deductible. Even takeout.

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