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How to Get a Tax Break on Your Home Office Writing Articles On HubPages

Updated on February 19, 2011

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Tax advantages from home publishing

Do you write articles on HubPages or another publishing outlet? Did you know that by doing this you can actually take a significant tax break on your home office? If you are making any money at all from your articles you can. It’s a legitimate tax break that you can take advantage of, it’s nothing illegal and can save you hundreds, if not more on your income taxes.

First things first. You need to set aside a portion of your home dedicated to be a home office. It doesn’t matter if it’s your bedroom, kitchen table or an actual office. This space will be used to calculate the amount of square footage used for your write off.

Then we need a business license.  You can go to your local county planning office and obtain a license for a nominal fee. Usually it will run you about fifty dollars for a simple license where you don’t have any employees and don’t collect sales taxes. You can make up a name for your business, it really is that easy. You can use your name, stick enterprises to the end of it and there you have it.

Now that you are officially a small business you can start deducting all types of related expenses. I would suggest keeping file folders for every month for record keeping. The following is just a small list of things that you can write off:

1.       Any office supplies, paper, ink toner, staples, file folders, and postage.

2.       Computers accessories and equipment

3.       Internet service, (this is often overlooked)

4.       Dedicated space use as your office

5.        Your business license

If you do any research for an article that requires you to use your car, keep up with the mileage. Right now the IRS allows you to deduct fifty cent a mile for business use.

If you do research by watching a documentary on television, make note, you can actually take off part or all of your satellite or cable bill.

Cell phones and home phones bills can also be deducted if you a portion of them to help your business.

Now, make sure you keep accurate records. You want to be able to provide documentation in case of an audit.  But what I have shown you is 100% legal and can work for everyone. You will have to show an income, no matter how small to do this, but it is well worth it in most cases.

To find out what other kinds of deductions you will be entitled to please seek the advice of a professional tax person or CPA. This article is just meant to inform of your rights to take deductions that you are allowed to take. Each local and city municipality may have different fees and requirement, so check with them for any particulars that they may require.


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    • Jeff May profile image

      Jeffrey Penn May 7 years ago from St. Louis

      Some good advice, and according to my accountant, you must show a profit every three years or it's considered a hobby and not a business.