Breaking Into Acting For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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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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Larry Garrison is the president of SilverCreek Entertainment. Garrison has worked as a producer and actor in TV and film in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. His company has produced news stories for ABC and NBC News. Wallace Wang is a stand-up comedian and the author of more than 10 best-selling For Dummies books. He focuses on screenwriting, movies, and comedy.

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