What author expeses are tax deductions?

January 31st, 2023 → 2:00 pm @

Some of your expenses as an author are tax deductible, but some are not! How can you tell the difference? The IRS explains what makes a business expense a tax deduction: “To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your […]

Blog &Q&A &Tax Tips for Writers

Some common tax deductions for writers

January 24th, 2023 → 8:20 am @

Here are some common tax deductions for writers. Are you taking them on your tax return?

Blog &Tax Tips for Writers

It’s not too early to think about taxes! Webinar on taxes for writers Oct 20, 2022

October 11th, 2022 → 3:50 pm @

I’m talking about taxes for writers and self publishers next week! It’s not too early to think about taxes!  This online webinar (via Zoom) hosted by Midwest Independent Publishers Assoc will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET, 12 noon CT. The cost for the 90 minute webinar is only $10 and […]


Does a self publisher need a business license?

August 20th, 2021 → 1:32 pm @

A self published author needs a vendors license from their state


What Do CPA’s Charge?

January 27th, 2020 → 8:43 am @

What Do CPA’s Charge?

Blog &Q&A &Tax Tips for Writers

Video: The two types of publishing

December 30th, 2019 → 12:45 pm @

Carol Topp discusses the two types of publishing: traditional and self-publishing and her experience with each.

Blog &Video blog

Giving your royalties to a charity or scholarship

December 23rd, 2019 → 10:14 am @

Can I setup up a family run scholarship foundation? I’d like to set up a scholarship and have it funded with my royalties. How do I link up with a college so my royalties are safe from law suits and my royalties support my family and provide scholarship monies for deserving students? -A Generous Author […]


Tax implications when closing down an LLC

December 16th, 2019 → 12:38 pm @

Your book Business Tips and Taxes for writers was a big help to us when I started self publishing years ago. I actually formed an LLC in Michigan and had all the income and accounts run through that.   My book is now barely selling, and although it only costs $25/yr to keep the LLC […]


Should a writer be an LLC: Yes or No?

March 13th, 2019 → 10:40 am @

Limited Liability Company (LLC) status: Is it a good idea for writers?

Author to Business Owner &Blog &Business Tips for Writers

Banking and checking account tips for writers

March 6th, 2019 → 10:00 am @

Avoid common banking mistakes that writers make!

Blog &Business Tips for Writers &Q&A