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Tax Deductions for Acting Expenses

Part of the Breaking Into Acting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Since acting is a business, you’re allowed to write off tax deductions for some acting expenses up to the acting income you’ve earned. Consult your tax advisor about tax deductions and keep accurate records of your acting expenses. Possible tax deductions include:

  • Travel expenses to and from auditions (including meals and lodging)

  • Admissions to movies and plays (save your ticket stubs)

  • Acting classes, workshops, and seminars

  • Acting books and magazines

  • Office supplies

  • Mailing expenses

  • Telephone bills, including the cost of an answering machine or service, a pager, or cellular phone

  • Union dues

  • Head shots (photographer’s fees and duplication costs)

  • Resume (printing and duplication costs)

  • Videotape and DVD rentals

  • Television set, VCR, DVD player, and the cost of cable subscription service

  • Makeup and clothing specifically used for acting (including dry cleaning expenses)

  • Cost of creating and duplicating a demo tape

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