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I’m a Blogger. Can I Deduct Hosting, Web, and Design fees?

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I'm a Blogger. Can I Deduct Hosting, Web, and Design Fees?

Do hosting, web, and design fees count as deductions? Yes, as long as they’re specific to the running of your site or blog, they count.

Here’s the quick list if you’re running short on time:

  • Design fees  – a new logo or look for your site, even business cards.
  • Hosting fees – unless you’ve got blogspot.com or wordpress.com in your site address you’re paying for your own little piece of the internet.
  • Web Management & SEO

Read on for the fine print on deducting these fees and expenses.

There are a lot of hidden expenses for bloggers. Design fees, hosting, web management, SEO. The list goes on and it can get terribly expensive – but with a little knowledge about what is or is not a valid deduction, you’ll end up saving yourself a dime or two come tax time.

Whether you write a fashion blog, a foodie blog, or a blog about web design you’re probably paying for domain names, and site hosting. Seeing that you’re already paying the bill, why not save the receipt and have it be a write off at tax time?

It doesn’t matter if your blog isn’t about tech stuff, the behind the scenes stuff of running your blog are still related, so they count.

Don’t forget the fees you pay to a graphic designer for your logo and business cards. It may only make your site appealing, but it’s an element meant to build your blog and network so it’s a valid deduction as well.

We find that trying to come up with ideas for deductions as you’re trying to file makes things harder. Take just a few minutes right now and start listing off recent expenses that are blog related. If you’ve got a few more minutes to spare, start tracking down receipts for specific dollar amounts and update your small business bookkeeping with what you find. And from here on out, print off or save all receipts – that way you’re that much closer to finishing your taxes when April 15 comes rolling around again.

 

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 Conference Registration Fees, Travel, and Meals?

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.

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