Author to Business Owner: Alexandra Swann Part 1 of 2

December 1st, 2011 → 2:21 pm @

Author to Business Owner is designed to provide first-hand business tips for each and every writer. Each special guest has graciously imparted knowledge of their writing business in hopes of encouraging fellow authors to grow and manage their own businesses. This month, I am excited to introduce Alexandra Swann, author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned […]

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10 Questions Writers Have

November 28th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

Have questions about writing? Business? Renowned author and publisher Terry Whalin has the answer! Jumpstart your writing business; take advantage of his wisdom: Articles about Common Writing Questions Do Agents Look For New Authors? Why should I write nonfiction instead of fiction? Why Is A Writers Conference Important? How Should I Pack for A Writers […]

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When is a business expense a tax deduction?

November 28th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

I’ve been “eating my losses” from writing (i.e. not claiming them on my tax return). I need a new PC. Is it a business deduction? Yes! A computer is a necessary (meaning helpful and appropriate) and ordinary expense for a writer. The IRS explains what makes a business expense a tax deduction: “To be deductible, […]

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Sales tax on internet purchases

November 23rd, 2011 → 8:33 am @

photo credit: ilouque Don’t Mess with Taxes, Kay Bell, is keeping her eye on the issue of sales tax for on-line sales. This can affect many writers and self publishers who sell their books via their websites. States are beginning to pass laws requiring on-line retailers to collect sales tax from out-of-state customers. Tax software […]

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No income from your blogging yet? Should you file a tax return?

November 21st, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

A blogger wonders if she should file a tax return since she doesn’t have any income yet.

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What Sets Off an Audit Flag?

November 14th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

What can set off an audit flag?   While attending the Midwest Writers Workshop  in Muncie, IN this summer, I met Gary Hensley, a former IRS field agent. Gary had  so much information about how the IRS works and he shared interesting tidbits with the writers there. Gary explained the IRS audit procedures: The IRS […]

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Top 10 Blogs for Authors

November 10th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

Need a better marketing strategy? Looking to be self-published? Just want advice from other authors? Self-published author and blogger Shelley Hitz put together a list of the Top Ten Blogs all authors must follow. She is spot on! Still need more? Learn helpful business and tax tips in my new book, Business Tips and Taxes […]

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Banking Mistakes Writers Make

November 7th, 2011 → 2:00 am @

A writing business needs its own checking account! Here are some answers to tricky banking questions: Do I need a separate checking account for my business? Yes; Do not mix business and personal expenses. Don’t “muddy the waters.” If you are audited and have co-mingled your business with your personal expenses, the IRS will start […]

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New podcast: Business Tips and Taxes for Writers

November 3rd, 2011 → 6:28 pm @

Carol Topp, CPA has a new podcast of interest to writers, bloggers, authors and publishers. Business Tips and Taxes for Writers   Listen to internet radio with FeliceGerwitz on Blog Talk Radio (give it about 10-20 seconds to load the podcast) Join host, Felice Gerwitz and her  guest, Carol Topp, CPA as she shares information […]

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Author to Business Owner: JoJo Tabares

November 1st, 2011 → 8:00 am @

Author to Business Owner is designed to provide first-hand business tips for each and every writer. Each special guest has graciously imparted knowledge of their writing business in hopes of encouraging fellow writers to grow and manage their own businesses.  I am pleased to introduce JoJo Tabares, self-employed author of Say What You Mean: Overcoming […]

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