As an independent consultant, you should claim these tax deductions to keep more of your hard-earned money.
Mileage you can deduct
Home office to client site
Unless you have a permanent place of work to which you must commute, all miles driven between your home and a work client are tax deductible.
Between clients and back to home office
Miles driven between client sites, and back from your last client for the day to your home office are tax deductible.
Miles driven to pick up supplies, marketing assets, attend a conference, or other work-related errands are tax deductible.
Expenses you can deduct
Designing and printing business cards is deductible as a marketing expense. Just be sure to check for typos!
Food & Drink
You can deduct half of the cost of a meal if you are out of town for work purposes. Discussing work with a client or prospective referral during a meal? That counts too!
If you need to woo clients by taking them to the theater, sporting events, or other forms of entertainment, you can deduct half of the cost of any food and drink expenses that you incur while you're there.
Printing & Copying
Printing and copying expenses for marketing flyers and brochures or for your office records are tax deductible.
The costs of promoting your business--like online ads, signs, print, radio, and video--are all deductible!
Items that you give away to promote your business, like pens and stress balls, are deductible. Bring on the bobble heads!
Any toll fees that you pay while working are tax deductible! Just make sure they're not already being reimbursed.
If you have to pay for parking while you're working, that’s tax deductible. Unfortunately, parking tickets, traffic violations, and speeding tickets are not.
Networking and staying up to date on your industry are even more important when you're self-employed. Reading materials and fees for conferences, seminars, and professional events are deductible.
If you pay a monthly fee for a software subscription that helps you do your job, that's deductible!
If you're traveling for work, you can deduct a percentage of your hotel and transportation expenses.
Licenses & Memberships
Licenses or memberships that help you do your job are deductible. That includes license renewal fees and membership dues to professional organizations.
If you’re self-employed and don’t have the option to buy health insurance through an employer or spouse, you can deduct your monthly health insurance payments!
If you purchase supplies that are needed to run your business, those expenses are deductible! Just make sure these purchases would be considered typical for your industry.
A good contract can save you hours of headaches... for a price. Be sure to record your business related legal expenses as deductions!