How often should an author be paying income tax?

January 7th, 2013 → 1:05 pm @

To avoid an IRS penalty, writers and authors should make quarterly tax payments.

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Using crowd funding to raise money for your book

September 27th, 2012 → 6:09 pm @

How does the IRS see income from crowd funding sources like Kickstarter?

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Video Blog: IRS denies business expenses to author

July 10th, 2012 → 6:11 pm @

I discuss why a wanna-be author was not allowed $19,000 in travel expenses for his (un)published book on world -wide travel.

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Who says you’re a professional writer?

January 30th, 2012 → 8:19 am @

Nailing Down Your Professional Status By Gary A. Hensley In the old television show Sanford and Son, Fred Sanford asks a man, “Who says you’re an attorney?” “I do,” the man says. Fred says, “Who says you’re not?” The man mumbles, “The State of California.” You don’t want to be on the wrong end of […]

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How picky is the home office deduction?

January 23rd, 2012 → 8:40 am @

This may seem like a really stupid question, but the exclusive use of space for a home office deduction, does that mean that the business owner can’t do any personal business in that space, like make personal phone calls, do personal things on the computer/internet, have personal files in the area, pay personal bills, etc? […]

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I didn’t get paid. Is it a tax deduction?

December 29th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

Tax FAQ: I didn’t get paid. Is it a tax deduction?

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Not a hobby writer?

December 26th, 2011 → 2:00 pm @

How can I show that I’m not a hobby writer? I intend to make a profit; it just hasn’t happened yet. Keep a log of your work and your submissions to magazines, agents, publishers, etc. A submission log can be very helpful to show you are actively attempting to make a profit at this. Look […]

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What CAN you write off on your taxes…and HOW?

December 15th, 2011 → 7:34 am @

(from LinkedIn Book Writing, Self Publishing, and Marketing for Business People ) Hello! I’m curious as to what’s the process for writing off materials that you’ve purchased specifically for writing your book. Are there categories that apply (computers, software) and some that don’t (research?)? What’s the step to identify those on taxes and do I […]

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IRS announces new mileage rates for 2012

December 12th, 2011 → 5:44 pm @

From the IRS http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=250882,00.html Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations […]

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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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