Photographers Expenses and Deductions


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We are expert in the complexities and opportunities of tax for photographers. As specialists in accounting for photographers, we save photographers thousands every year by maximising on the unique deductions and reliefs available to photographers.  

We provide a simple and friends, start-to-finish accounting service for individuals and companies. 

Photography by our client, Diego Arroyo

Photography by our client, Diego Arroyo

One of the first steps we will take when filing your tax return is ensuring that you are claiming absolutely all expenses you are entitled to.

As a self-employed photographer it is essential that you keep accurate records of you expenses throughout the tax year. The more detailed and accurate your expenses, the more you can claim back. 

Below are some examples of expenses you are entitled to claim as a photographer:

TRAVEL TICKETS

Part of the nature of being a photographer is constantly exploring different locations. All travel that is work-related is claimable against tax. Therefore flights, train-tickets and bus-rides to photography shoots are claimable. 

It is important to note that if your travel was partly personal-related, i.e. 5 days of your travel were taken as holiday, you must apportion the expense.

Work-related petrol and other motor costs are also claimable.

EQUIPMENT 

Perhaps on of the most obvious expenses to claim for a photographer is work-related equipment i.e. your camera! This expense can, however, be stretched much further. For example, the equipment need to look after your camera or lighting equipment. 

Make sure you are identifying all work-related expenses on equipment. Equipment is defined as items that you intend to use for a prolonged period. Your do not include this in your business expenses but instead in an AIA (Annual Investment Allowance), which works to reduce the tax you pay. 

CLOTHING

Clothing can be an extremely useful expense to claim on your tax return. As a photographer you may have clothing that you use wholly and exclusively for work. This clothing is claimable.

It is essential that you only claim clothes that are worn for the purpose of work. Part-personal clothing is not claimable. Wrongfully claiming this expense can lead to setbacks and penalties. 

ADVERTISING

Getting your name seen and heard is a major part of being a successful photographer. Any methods you use to promote yourself in an effort to get ahead in your photography career are claimable. Whether you pay to be mentioned in an article or directory, run an ad campaign on your photography blog or any other forms of promotion- it's claimable. 

Contact us to find out the many more expenses, deductions you are entitled to claim as a photographer