Are self publishing expenses tax deductible?

February 28th, 2017 → 1:45 pm @


In regards to self-publishing, can one claim those on taxes and if so in which section(s)?

For instance, if I purchase marketing options and/or order copies of books for marketing purposes- I heard this could be claimed?

What about publishing packages as well?

In addition, I hired a freelance artist for cover and interior illustrations. Could this all be for marketing and/or business related?

Thanks very much!


Yes, all the expenses you mentioned are tax deductible business expenses. Marketing, books, artists, publishing packages, etc. all are tax deductions.

Which section of your tax return depends on the type of business. If you are a sole proprietor (most self publishers just starting out are sole proprietors), you’ll list your income and expenses on Schedule C of your Form 1040.


Chapter 13 Income Taxes in Business Tips and Taxes for Writers will be a big help to you in preparing your tax return, but I recommend you also hire a local tax professional to help you set up your business and get every deduction you are allowed!

Good luck to you!!

Carol Topp, CPA

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4 Comments → “Are self publishing expenses tax deductible?”

  1. Bernard Rohde

    10 years ago

    Hi my wife wrote a book and Publish American
    Handled it and turned out to be a bad experience

    We’re thinking of reintroducing it as a self published
    book but don’t know which service to trust for the
    value like Amazon or some other service.

    I want to also buy your book if we self publish to learn what is
    deductible and what is not. I’m a Texas CPA but
    have no experience with this.

  2. Carol

    10 years ago

    Sorry the your bad experience.
    I liked my experience with, FWIW.

    You’ll learn a lot more than just what’s tax deductible from my book, Business Tips and Taxes for Writers!
    You’ll also get a lot of great business advice.

    Carol Topp, CPA

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    9 years ago

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