fbpx

I’m a Blogger. Can I Deduct Conference Registration Fees, Travel and Meals?

Share Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

I'm a Blogger. Can I Deduct Conference Registration Fees, Travel & Meals?

Do conference registration fees, travel and meals count as deductions? Yes, as long as they’re blog-related, they count.

If you’re here reading about taxes you’re probably aware that you can deduct expenses to help lower the amount you owe in taxes. The real question is how much and what can you deduct legally? And what do you need to do to track or keep record of these deductions.

The simplistic way of looking at potential deductions is that if it relates to or promotes your blog you can deduct it.

Conference Registration Fees

Conference registration fees for a blog conference where you network and learn to improve your blog can be deducted.

Licensing Fees

Licensing fees, as long as they pertain to your blog topic, can be deducted as well. (i.e. You blog about hairstyles and you pay a licensing fee to maintain your stylist license)

Training

In addition, any additional training you receive, as long as it pertains to your blog or the topic you blog about is considered a valid deduction as well. So the cost of that online class you’re enrolled in about SEO, or the crash course you’re taking in graphic design so you can start that design blog you’ve always dreamed about – well, those are deductions as well.

Print and file receipts, or if you’re really organized, start a simple spreadsheet with date, purchase amount, who you paid, and what it was for. Still stash your receipts so you have them as proof if by chance you’re audited.

Travel & Meals

Travel and meals are also deductions if they’re related to your blog or business. Keep receipts for bus passes, plane tickets and taxi cabs. Even keep a mileage book of your travels if you are often driving to consult with clients, picking up product from a vendor, or making trips to the post office to ship product to clients.

Coffee & Drinks

Coffee dates and drinks for business meetings or to meet with potential clients, are also deductions – again, a receipt stash and a simple spreadsheet will make your life that much easier come tax time.

Check out our more extensive list of deductions for bloggers or contact us if you have specific questions regarding your taxes.

 

To learn more about accounting for bloggers, visit these posts:

Accounting 101 for Bloggers

Taxes for Bloggers

Top 20 Items Bloggers can Deduct on their Taxes

Is My Blog a Business or a Hobby?

How Do I Legally Operate a Contest or Giveaway on My Blog?

3 Tips to Increase Blog Profits

How Do I Pay My Blog Employees?

Can I Pay My Family For Their Help?

Can I Deduct Hosting, Web, and Design Fees?

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.

Suggested Articles

Is office furniture tax deductible?

Is Office Furniture Tax Deductible?

Furnishing an office is a necessary but expensive endeavor. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) understands that office furniture is a vital aspect of running a