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Get a jump on your taxes: Editor's Notes #249
December 15, 2017

Dreams will get you nowhere,
a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.

—Baltasar Gracian

In this issue:

1. Get a jump on your taxes
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. Asking your input

1. Get a jump on your taxes
I know, I know. Christmas isn’t even over yet, and I’m bringing up taxes. But this is a great time to let your mind wander over to the tax part of your life as a writer.

First, in many jurisdictions, you do not need any income from writing to claim business deductions related to writing. Check the tax department in your country to find out how much you can claim before seeing the fruits of your labor.

You need your receipts, so if you have been collecting yours all year, all you have to do is sort through them. If you haven’t been in the habit of holding onto receipts, start today. This is a great time to get yourself set up for the new year.

Here are a few items to consider including in your business expenses as a writer:
  • paper
  • notebooks
  • file folders
  • file boxes or cabinets
  • pens, pencils, paper clips, etc.
  • computer and software
  • liability insurance
  • memberships and subscriptions related to writing
  • books about writing
  • writing courses
  • editing fees
  • percentage of telephone
  • percentage of house expenses
Please note that I am not an accountant or lawyer, and I do not know the details of each jurisdiction. It is up to you to do due diligence about the laws that apply to you.

Consider investing in at least one conversation with a qualified accountant. The fee for that is also deductible. The sooner you do this, the better.

Plan what to do with the money you save on taxes.


2.Tickled my funnybone
Broken pencils are pointless.


3. Interesting Web site
If you need some advice about what to do with a tax refund, (or any other money) consider what The Motley Food advises.

4. Writing prompt
Write a confidential letter to yourself about what you will do with your tax refund. Put it in a safe place and write yourself a note (digital or on a hard copy calendar) to dig it out again at tax time.

5. Asking your input
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