Monday, February 17, 2014

Tax Tips For Bloggers

 UPDATED: See the new post for 2016 with tax tips for bloggers.
*Full disclaimer below. This post is not tax or legal advice.*
Back in 2012, I wrote a blog post about tax deductions and food bloggers. Over the years, the issue of taxes and blogging has only grown. As more bloggers earn income from blogging, many of us are becoming organized and sharing what we have learned.

The information is located on many different sources and based on what I've been seeing, some bloggers are still having a difficult time finding what they are looking for. This post will be updated as I find more information.

Overall, whether you are a fashion blogger, food blogger, travel blogger, etc., these resources may still apply to you. However, because of the nature of our blogging work, many of the deductions may be different.

Since the topic interests me and tax time is here, I decided to list some recent articles and blog posts all in one place. However, you must decide what information is most relevant to you. I hope these blogger tax tips are helpful!

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Six Tax Tips For Bloggers on Independent Fashion Bloggers discusses the issue of SWAG. Since I thought this was an interesting topic to bring up, I looked a bit further and found an article about the taxability of Oscar swag bags on Don't Mess With Taxes.

The IRS website has a Q & A on the taxability of gift bags. Most bloggers aren't getting gift bags even close to what celebrities are getting at the Oscars, but many do receive freebies at events, so it's something to think about.

The blog Travel Junkette has a wonderful post called How to Do Taxes For Travel Bloggers. As mentioned above, I believe the information may be applicable to many bloggers.

The Well has a Q & A with a CPA, plus it's an interesting place for bloggers in general.

TurboTax provides some tax tips for bloggers updated for tax year 2013. H&R Block gives some tips as well.

The blogs Clarks Condensed and Pretty Providence both put up posts just a few weeks ago.

Attorney Sara Hawkins has written up some tax tips for bloggers. This post is a bit older, but may still be helpful.

*Updated 3/22/2014* I found two interesting articles about how bloggers turned their blogs into successful businesses. Below are links in case you'd like to take a look.

How I Turned My Food Blog Into A Career by Sally's Baking Addiction

The Secret Success of Bloggers by The Inspired Room

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Disclaimer: While I am a Massachusetts licensed attorney, I'm not in private practice and not seeking clients. This post is not meant as legal or tax advice. Every individual has unique circumstances and questions. While I love comments on this blog and emails, no tax or legal questions will be answered here or via email. Please consult an attorney or accountant licensed in your jurisdiction for specific questions. The information contained in this post is for general informational purposes only and geared toward bloggers in the United States.

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